George Will: The limits of the welfare state . Comparing Federalism and Progressivism. And then there’s “The Chicago Way”
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Those who follow Glenn Beck know that he absolutely hates
Woodrow Wilson, and with good cause in my opinion. George Will in this article gives a brief history of the government as it was meant to be by our Founders and our Constitution, and our government as it is today with unlimited power. From Woodrow Wilson to Franklin to Lyndon Johnson and finally culminating in Barack Obama. Interesting article. BB
The move one to: Obama’s ‘Chicago Way’ Plunders the Private Sector – Michael Barone
Obama could not have risen so far so fast without a profound understanding of the Chicago Way. And he has brought the Chicago Way to the White House.
One prime assumption of the Chicago Way is that there will always be a bounteous private sector that politicians can plunder endlessly. Chicago was America’s boomtown from 1860 to 1900, growing from nothing to the center of the nation’s railroad network, the key nexus between farm and factory, the headquarters of great retailers and national trade associations.
The Mayors Daley have maintained Chicago’s centrality in commerce by building and expanding O’Hare Airport and by fostering a culture of crony capitalism with the city’s big employers and labor unions. Chicago survived depression and recessions to thrive once again. Sure, small businesses and some outfits lacking political connections fell by the wayside. But the system seems to go on forever.
So it’s natural for a Chicago Way president to assume that higher taxes and a hugely expensive health care regime will not make a perceptible dent in the nation’s private sector economy. There will always be plenty to plunder.