Forward

On Monday, the Obama campaign floated the slogan “Forward.” It’s his re-election argument in a nutshell, apparently. There is still much work to do, moving forward, etc.

Yea, whatever. We know what the word is referencing.

The slogan “Forward!” reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism.

This is also what the term “Progressive” means. We’re going to progress – as a society – to our next stage of social evolution. That of socialists.

And, Obama is a progressive.

“I am somebody who is no doubt progressive. I believe in a tax code that we need to make more fair. I believe in universal health care. I believe in making college affordable. I believe in paying our teachers more money. I believe in early childhood education. I believe in a whole lot of things that make me progressive.”

While many could argue that he has failed to completely satisfy the progressives in his first term, he is determined to promise that he’s still moving “Forward.”

How about a look at what he’s moving us toward; Daniel Henninger:

Last May, the Nobel laureate economist Robert Lucas, an expert on economic growth, put together a lecture on the economy because so many people asked him why the U.S. economy’s post-recession growth rate was struggling around 2%.

He noted that in the years after World War II, both the U.S. and Europe grew at an annual rate of about 3%. But in the mid-1970s, Western Europe dropped below that growth rate and stayed there, creating a 20% to 40% gap in income levels between Europe and the U.S. Prof. Lucas suggested this had to do with the cost of maintaining the social-welfare commitments Europe accumulated in the postwar years.

He then looked at the levels of U.S. social-welfare commitments, including the new Obama health-care entitlement, and ended with a simple observation: “Is it possible that by imitating European policies on labor markets, welfare and taxes, the U.S. has chosen a new, lower GDP trend? If so, it may be that the weak recovery we have had so far is all the recovery we will get.”

It’s not all gloom and doom. Henninger has some advice for those college graduate who are facing high unemployment rates after shelling out big money for their education; join a union.

If your new goal in life is to join the United Auto Workers (saved by Mr. Obama with your parents’ taxes) or work for a government agency somewhere for the next 40 years, the president is your candidate. The modern Democratic Party from top to bottom is the party of all unions, hardly different than the European political parties whose union members and unemployed college graduates filled city squares Tuesday in forlorn May Day demonstrations. If a career inside an American union is what it’s all about, then an Obama vote (“Forward”) is a no-brainer

This is what Obama is taking us FORWARD to. European style social democracy. European style growth and unemployment.

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