- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 24, 2009

There was a time when the Democratic Party was perceived as representing and defending the little guy. It was the de facto labor party, fighting for the worker and having compassion for the people. The actions taken by the Obama administration clearly illustrate that these are no longer the Democrats’ goals. With President Obama, ideology precedes jobs.

In the midst of our current economic downturn, the Obama administration has focused on redefining the American system toward an ever-larger government, one in which governmental control extends into the boardrooms of private companies.

If the health care bill passes, it will kill hundreds of thousands of jobs in the health care industry as well as tens of thousands of jobs in small businesses. If cap-and-trade legislation passes, it will increase costs (taxes) on businesses, inhibiting those businesses from having the capital to create new jobs, and it will undermine their competitive position in the global economy, killing more jobs. The government’s recent tax increase on tobacco for rolling cigarettes - from $1.10 to $24.78 per pound - eventually will result in lost jobs for laborers. Obviously, the Democrats know what is good for us better than we do.

The bailouts, with billions of dollars going to industries “too big to fail,” have bypassed the workers, resulting in a jobless recovery. Realizing that their policies have failed to create jobs, the Democrats have propounded bogus information regarding the jobs they claim to have created or saved, as noted in the editorial “Meaningless stimulus numbers” (Opinion, Wednesday).

Unfortunately, instead of reviewing and evaluating what they have done, the Democrats deny that their methods haven’t worked, and they refuse to adopt job-creating policies that have a history of working.

They think their goal of increasing the size, scope and power of government is more important than focusing on the mundane task of creating jobs, so they continue marching in lock step toward their dream of a big government utopia.



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