H/T Jared Law
Beck Critic: The American People Are The Problem!
The problem isn’t ‘greedy Americans consuming too much,’ it’s ridiculous debt levels, combined with a refusal by progressives to cut government spending. And progressives are responsible for the unsustainable, unimaginably large government debt.
Progressivism is the cancer, not American consumption.
Progressives and radical leftists refuse to face reality when it comes to economics. They think that America has to give up what we have so that others can be prosperous. They are so incredibly misguided it would be hilarious if the Republic weren’t in danger of collapse thanks to their Cloward & Piven efforts being so close to fruition.
They actually seem to believe that the world’s biggest problem is that America is too wealthy.
They forget that our spending drives the entire world economy, and they’d be far worse off without the powerhouse that is the American consumer.
Now I totally agree that we need to get back to a more frugal lifestyle, but by our own free choice, not because we are compelled. We HAVE spent too much, and when we realized that we were in trouble, many Americans started getting out of debt, and started saving more and being more frugal.
We did that on our own, without being forced to do so. Americans do the right thing, once we’re presented with accurate facts presented fairly.
But the notion that we need to be compelled to consume less is immoral, it’s tyrannical, oppressive, and without merit whatsoever. I wholeheartedly reject such a notion. The American people aren’t the problem; progressivism and indoctrination in our ‘public schools’ is the problem!
Here’s the video, followed by the blog post which prompted this discussion thread:
Here’s the relevant blog post by The Daily Caller:
By Jeff Poor – The Daily Caller | Published: 9:33 AM 12/15/2010 | Updated: 1:41 PM 12/15/2010
So if you had a prime time cable news show and were looking for thoughtful insight into the current tax-cut debate being waged on Capitol Hill, who might you invite on your show? How about the guy with a show on your network with a focus on foreign policy?
And so goes CNN’s “Parker Spitzer.”
On the December 14 broadcast of Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker’s relatively young show, Fareed Zakaria appeared to elaborate on his December 13 Washington Post column in which he attacked government spending and tax cuts.
“The Chinese are the ones who should be celebrating Thanksgiving and we should be having a big Mardi Gras party,” Zakaria said. “But that’s what we pick up, a kind of a culture of overconsumption.”
Parker asked Zakaria if he had faith the American people could handle the fiscal discipline he advocated. Zakaria used the platform as an opportunity to attack Americans and refute the notion “the American people are wonderful.” His solution: Less consumption by the American people.
“No, I think the people are the big problem,” Zakaria said. “I mean, Americans — everybody wants to say the American people are so wonderful. You know, I think that when they come to recognize that they have to make sacrifices too that it’s not just wasteful — they need to have — they need to recognize that some of what’s going to happen here is fewer. They have to consume fewer things. They have to accept slightly higher taxes. And in the long run, you will have a much better economy.”