The root cause of his inevitable failure lies in the fact that he is violating the laws of economics, the precepts of American political structure, and the realities of human nature – all of which seem to be uncharted territory to the intellect of the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. "Yes we can" is a catchy, glitzy collection of words – but in this case it is destined to collide with the rockbound realities of "No, you can’t!"
No, you can’t stimulate the economy. Government attempts to stimulate the economy have been compared to a bucket brigade hauling water from the deep end of a swimming pool to the shallow end in an attempt to raise the water level. Governments cannot make water; they can only move it around. And governments cannot make wealth. They can only steal it from those who do make it and give it to those who won’t. And in the process, a lot of wealth gets spilled or simply evaporates. Even worse, those who produce wealth are deprived of the wealth necessary to produce more wealth. Thus the ultimate result of government "stimulus" will always be a dry pool.
You can, as did Reagan and Bush II – and even Johnson late in his presidency – cut taxes to stimulate economic activity, but the economy itself is an entity totally divorced from government. Not only is it beyond government control, it is beyond the ability of government to even comprehend. An economy is based on something governments can never understand – new ideas. It is driven by a force that government is incapable of experiencing – the profit motive. And it is sustained by a discipline that is totally foreign to the political mind – efficiency. That governments would even consider injecting their ignorance and prejudices into such a vibrantly evolving institution is a measure of the depth of their incomprehension.
Despite the misinformed maundering of vacuous-eyed Keynesian Paul Krugman and other diseducated liberals, government stimulation of the economy is precluded by the laws of economics. Everything the government does – everything – requires taxing those who create the economy. Any and all government activity, therefore, must necessarily impede the economy. It can never stimulate it. It can only defund it and ultimately destroy it.
No, you can’t regulate firearms. The United States of America is a republic – NOT a DEMOCRACY! Attempts to propagandize up a "democratic" majority (i.e. a vocal minority) on any subject is an exercise in futility. The law says, "The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed," and in a republic, the law rules – not majorities, whether alleged or actual.
Even if you are successful in overriding the Constitution with illegal legislation, you still can’t ban guns in the United States. The right to keep and bear arms has existed in British Common Law – and in the hearts of Americans – since the Bill of Rights of 1689. It’s inclusion in the Constitution of the United States in 1789 was at the insistence of the States, who refused to ratify the constitution of 1787 without that provision. The United States of America is the most heavily armed country in the world. It is also the freest country in the world.. The people of the United States are acutely aware that those two facts are far from being unrelated.
No, you can’t fool "all the people all the time." Abraham Lincoln said, "You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time." Aside from revealing that Abe understood that politics is the art of "fooling the people," this homily serves as a sobering check on the politicians natural illusions of omnipotence. Democratic governments depend on fooling a majority of the people to achieve a homogeneous political mass.
But the American people are not homogeneous. Lincoln’s initial admonition is inaccurate – there are some people in a republic whom you will never fool. They’re called republicans. There are others, of course, whom you can always fool. They’re called democrats. It is the vast pool of people in between, called independents, in which the Democrats must fish for their majority. And it is this independent-minded pool tat will inevitably join with the republicans when the ruinous effects of socialistic policies inevitably become evident. The fact that this is happening now can be seen in the flight of viewership from CNN and MSNBC to Fox News, until Fox News consistently outperforms both networks together by more than 200%. You’ve got to be stupid to think that the American people are.
No, you can’t "buy" all the people all the time. Lyndon Baines Johnson was a scoundrel and a rounder, but he was a brilliant politician. Building on the foundation laid by his idol and mentor Frank Roosevelt, he devised a plan to buy votes for the Democratic Party in perpetuity (or so he thought). He called it "The Great Society." Realists call it the welfare society.
The flaw in Johnson’s plan was succinctly stated twenty years later by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher when she said, "The problem with Socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money." Johnson’s giant Ponzi scheme simply siphoned money from the producers of wealth to the slaves on the welfare plantation, and it was inevitable that it suffer the fate of all Ponzi schemes. The source of funds dried up as the wealth producers fled offshore to avoid crippling taxes, even as the population and the demands of the slaves on the plantation were burgeoning. The result has been a massive and unsustainable debt and the United States of America having its credit rating lowered three times in one year and for the first time in history.
Even if the system were not destined to collapse of its own weight, however, you still can’t buy Americans. There will always be people, of course, who want to be slaves – there were Tories in 1776 – but the majority of Americans want to be free. Free means free spirited and free thinking. It does not mean that you can buy them for nothing, but that you can’t buy them for anything! The cost of freedom is high, but once a people have purchased it with their fortunes and their blood, they will never sell it.
Therefore, Mr. Obama, No, you can’t make a socialistic utopia out of a free people.