MoveOn.org’s Contract on the American DreamWritten by Thomas Berry | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The progressive activist group MoveOn.org has announced a new Congressional lobbying campaign to be carried out this month. Called, “A Contract for the American Dream,” it’s based on a distortion of the American Dream, an out-of-context quote from the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. (a Republican, by the way) and a couple of assumptions: That America as a nation is not broke, and that Americans need jobs.
The Contract has ten steps, each of which warrants examination:
- “Invest in America’s infrastructure.” Yes, but we’ve heard that for three years, and construction employment remains depressed. Could it be because the Democrats are more beholden to anti-construction, anti-growth, anti-development environmentalists than to an industry that loyally supports them, even though construction unemployment remains more than double what it was during the George W. Bush presidency?
- “Create 21st-century energy jobs.” All right, how? I’d suggest letting the free market do this, just as it’s done for so many other technological breakthroughs. But if there is no market for the products, due to factors such as prohibitive cost, then there’s no benefit. Those same environmentalists oppose this as well. They claim that solar farms disrupt habitats, especially the sensitive deserts where they would be most efficient, and that wind farms kill birds and bats and are visually polluting.
- “Invest in public education.” The Contract nowhere calls for efficiency or results-based accountability. In other words, throw more money at a broken system and keep accepting inferior results. The call for “affordable higher education” is especially absurd, given that progressive policies at institutions of higher learning contribute so mightily to soaring tuition rates while compromising the quality of the product.
- “Offer Medicare for all.” The call for improved quality and efficiency in health care is good, but thinking that Obamacare is a good start towards this is not. Obamacare is already violating their goal of lower cost and equal or better results – and these folks say it doesn’t go far enough!
- “Make work pay.” The Contract calls for employer opposition to union organizing to be outlawed. Same for opposing a “living wage,” which typically means whatever exorbitant amount a majority of progressives want to force an employer to pay in order to buy the votes of the employees, whether or not it the employer can afford it. Here’s the text: “Americans have a right to fair minimum and living wages, to organize and collectively bargain, to enjoy equal opportunity and to earn equal pay for equal work. Corporate assaults on these rights bring down wages and benefits for all of us. They must be outlawed” (emphasis added).
- “Secure Social Security.” Not by banning the spending of Social Security taxes as general funds, but by confiscating even more taxes. In other words, give the addict more fixes. And, of course, only “upper-income people” must pay more into it, not Congress.
- “Return to fairer tax rates.” So who decides what’s fair? The progressives. If you – not them, mind you, but only you – earn more than they deem appropriate, then the government has the right to seize the rest. So much for private property rights being the foundation of liberty, two concepts that are noticeably absent from the Contract.
- “End the wars and invest at home.” Okay, but war doesn’t end until all parties involved come to that understanding.
- “Tax Wall Street speculation.” This is the classic camel’s nose under the tent wall – “A tiny fee of 1/20th of 1%” on each trade.” The income tax was originally a “tiny” 1.0% to 7.0%; now it is 10.0% to 35.0%, and the progressives want much more. The same thing will happen here.
- Finally, “Strengthen Democracy.” This paragraph contains more problems than space allows me to address. Suffice it to say that the goal of “clean, fair elections” translates solely to progressive victory by any means, and strengthening the Republic is as absent as any mention of liberty and protection from tyranny.
This 10-point look into MoveOn.org’s version of the American Dream boils down to this: Enticing promises made without any intention of fulfilling them; increasing spending while continuing the status quo of waste and failure; extending failed programs; banning employer opposition to unions; erosion of your right to keep and enjoy the fruits of your labor; raising existing taxes and spawning more; and disregard for the nature of our Republic and the liberty that is its foundation.