Barack Hussein Obama’s reelection seems to have assured the end of the old USA. A coalition of people, characterized by Bill O’Riley with the sticky “they want stuff”, has reelected the most socialist president in US history. The president, known for his wish to “spread the wealth” has already changed the country in a way that seemed irreversible. Without a wonder, the path to a welfare state of European model seems sure.
Fiscal policy as a road to socialism
In accordance with his believe in Keynes‘ fiscal policies, Obama tried to end the recession with a spending spree. As this policy was paid for by debt, the US faces a interest payments as a significant part in their budget already.
But spent money has to be earned, too. If not today, then someone in the future, including interest. Moreover, every dollar spent gives the government power over the person receiving it as well as over the person it is taken from.
Part of the spending was the increase of the state sector in the economy and the increase of welfare programs. But every beneficiary of this “free stuff”, no matter whether it is social security, food stamps or salary for government employment will never vote for a decrease of the government sector or the abolishment of social welfare programs. As all those people still got their vote, they are an ever increasing force in future elections. Politicians on the other hand know quite well that the votes of those folks can be bought by an increase in their apanage. They also know, that a deliberate increase of that caste will bring them further votes. Through his reelection, Obama has gained four more years to increase the number of direct government beneficiaries. The immediate consequence is, that the Republicans, being more interested in austerity, will have an ever harder time to gain a majority in future elections. But to roll back the current development, a decrease in aid money and a decrease of the government sector is necessary.
With the described shift in the population and an ever increasing caste of beneficiaries of government money, retaking the office of the president in 2016 will only work if the republican candidate by than also runs with a “social program”, promising the decribed caste at least no decrease in their subsidies.
From that point of view, the change of the American political society into a welfare state alike those in Europe seems to be a fixed deal.
Obama’s “the best is yet to come” sounds like a terrible threat in that regard.