Obama's Audacity of Dependency
Buried in President Obama's partisan, populist klaxon call for liberalism Monday was a classic bit of bait and switch. Reprising a bit of rhetoric from last fall's campaign, Obama took a shot at critics (ahem) who suggest that a country might be a nation of "takers." With record numbers of people on food stamps and disability where would they ever have gotten such a notion?
But Obama was determined to slap down any such notion, by reaffirming the many virtues of entitlements. Dependency is a good thing really, the president lectured us.
But here's where the bait and switch came in:
"The commitments we make to each other -- through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security -- these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great," -Obama's inaugural address II"
Obama seems to understand that the most effective way to defend the emerging moocher culture is to go on the offensive, by demonizing critics as soulless and mean-spirited-- while making sure that all eyes are focused on his straw men, rather than the real problems of an unsustainable welfare state.
This is the audacity of dependency: Obama does not merely embrace the entitlement culture as a positive good.. in his inaugural remarks, dependency becomes the source of our national greatness. (And you thought it was freedom, hard work, independence. Silly you.)