Larry Elder Liberals’ 50 Years of Dreadful Domestic Policy


For the past 50 years, the Democrats — and many Republicans who should know better — have been wrong about virtually every major domestic policy issue. Let’s review some of them:


The bipartisan extension of the Bush tax cuts represents the latest triumph over the “soak the rich because trickledown doesn’t work” leftists.

President Ronald Reagan sharply reduced the top marginal tax rates from 70 percent to 28 percent, doubling the Treasury’s tax revenue. President George H.W. Bush raised the income tax rate, as did his successor. But President George W. Bush lowered them to the current 35 percent.

President Barack Obama repeatedly called the current rate unfair, harmful to the country and a reward to those who “didn’t need” the cuts and “didn’t ask for” them. If true, he and his party ditched their moral obligation to oppose the extension. But they didn’t, because none of it is true. Democratic icon John F. Kennedy, who reduced the top marginal rate from more than 90 percent to 70 percent, said, “A rising tide lifts all the boats.” He was right — and most of the Democratic Party knows it.

Welfare for the “underclass.”

When President Lyndon Johnson launched his “War on Poverty,” the poverty rate was trending down. When he offered money and benefits to unmarried women, the rate started flat-lining. Women married the government, allowing men to abandon their moral and financial responsibilities.

The percentage of children born outside of marriage — to young, disproportionately uneducated and disproportionately brown and black women — exploded. In 1996, over the objections of many on the left, welfare was reformed. Time limits were imposed, and women no longer received additional benefits if they had more children. The welfare rolls declined. Ten years later, The New York Times wrote: “When the 1996 law was passed … liberal advocacy groups … predicted that it would increase child poverty, hunger and homelessness. The predictions were not fulfilled.”


The federal government’s increasing involvement with education — what is properly a state and local function — has been costly and ineffective at best, and counterproductive at worst. Title I, a program begun 45 years ago to close the performance gap between urban and suburban schools, burns through more than $15 billion a year, and the performance gap has widened. The feds spend $80 billion a year on K-12 education, as if money is the answer. States like Utah and Iowa spend much less money per student compared with districts like those in New York City and Washington, D.C., with much better results.

Where parents have choices — where the money follows the student rather than the other way around — the students perform better, with higher parental satisfaction. But the teachers’ unions and the Democratic Party continue to resist true competition among public, private and parochial schools.

Gun control.

Violent crime occurs disproportionately in urban areas — where Democrats in charge impose the most draconian gun control laws.

Over the objection of those who warn of a “return to the Wild West,” 34 states passed laws allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons. Not one state has repealed its law. Professor John Lott, author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” says: “There is a strong negative relationship between the number of law-abiding citizens with permits and the crime rate: As more people obtain permits, there is a greater decline in violent crime rates. For each additional year that a concealed handgun law is in effect, the murder rate declines by 3 percent, rape by 2 percent and robberies by over 2 percent.”

“Affirmative action.”

Race-based preferences have been a disaster for college admissions. Students admitted with lesser credentials are more likely to drop out. Had their credentials matched their schools, they would have been far more likely to graduate and thus enter the job market at a more productive level.

Preferences in government hiring and contracting have led to widespread, costly and morale-draining “reverse discrimination” lawsuits. Where preferences have been put to the ballot, voters — even in liberal states like California — have voted against them.

Minimum wage hikes.

Almost all economists agree that minimum wage laws contribute to unemployment among the low-skilled — the very group the “compassionate party” claims to care about.

Economist Walter Williams, 74, in his new autobiography, “Up from the Projects,” describes the many low-skilled jobs he took as a teenager. “By today’s standards,” he wrote, “my youthful employment opportunities might be seen as extraordinary. That was not the case in the 1940s and 1950s. In fact, as I’ve reported in some of my research, teenage unemployment among blacks was slightly lower than among whites, and black teens were more active in the labor force as well. All of my classmates, friends, and acquaintances who wanted to work found jobs of one sort or another.”


This ghastly government-directed scheme will inevitably lead to rationing and lower-quality care — all without “bending the cost curve” down as Obama promised.

Any party can have a bad half-century. Merry Christmas.


5 thoughts on “Larry Elder Liberals’ 50 Years of Dreadful Domestic Policy

  1. The FED is NOT operating as a Independent entity of the Government !!! You know Goldman is a institution of the FED , and my are they rip with an Agenda !!
    THIS is why we the people need to Restore Our Constitutional Authority over our Monetary POLICY . You cannot stop the Manipulation of the way the Money is being directed and the Ideology of an Agenda if we do not control the Monetary Policy in the House with the majority of we the people representing the use of the Funds .
    The Agenda is clear , Obama Returns to End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir

    The Ideology that makes up the advisory list in the Whitehouse is clear with an Agenda ….and is so connected too the FEDERAL RESERVE !!!!
    Richard Gephardt: Advisor. He is also an active consultant for Goldman Sachs.
    Michael Granoff: a money man, and contributed lots of bucks as a “mega donor” to the Obama campaign. He is is also one of the 19 members of the Goldman Sachs-Robert Rubin funded Hamilton Project. Seeing the Population Control Agenda through the realm of financial control we the people can start to see the connection of how they crafted the method of actions to accomplish the goal of the Agenda , and this is why we cannot see a clear distinction between the 2 parties today , they all are part of this agenda , and the only way to break it is to take back control of the Money Creation POLICY that is within the confinements of the Federal Reserve , because they ( the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve are made up of these same Ideologues) , look within the conversations of the opposition and you will see the same conversations going on inside their ranks as is in the others ;
    Obama’s “Smoking Gun”: His Hamilton Project Speech shows his links to Goldman, Entitlement Cuts (Part 1)
    William C. Dudley: became the 10th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on January 27, 2009. Mr. Dudley was a partner and managing director at Goldman, Sachs & Company and was the firm’s chief U.S. economist for a decade.

    Blair W. Effron: a bundler for the 2008 Obama campaign. Effron is also on the Advisory Council of the Goldman Sachs/Robert Rubin funded Hamilton Project.

    Michael Froman: deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs, a position to be held jointly at the National Security Council and the National Economic Council. His responsibilities will include serving as the White House liaison to the G7, G8 and G20 summits of economic powers. Before moving to the Obama administration, Froman most recently was a managing director of Citigroup’s Citi Alternative Investments Institutional Clients Group, where he was head of infrastructure and sustainable development. He also served on 12-member advisory board of the Obama campaign’s transition team. Frohman, who was Mr. Goldman Sach’s former Chief of Staff, as an “informal adviser” to Obama.

    But before we swallow the little red pill thats prescribed by the Medicare Panel maybe we should debate the truth about fertility in the world, , what countries are REALLY Needing a reality Check about population sustainability before we forfeit our right to FREEDOM of Choice , FREEDOM period , just because of the Agenda that seems to be lacking in evidence that America is over populating the world !!!! From my view of this chart it seems if you extract Illegal Immigration the USA is a sustainable Population and in fact going negative in the near future with the baby-boomer era coming on . So who is B.Sing Who here and Why , when America is already a working Model for sustainable growth , all we need is some hope for risk takers and a recapitalization of the funding of a Renewable set of resources ???

    In an attempt to legitimately describe the true intent of the FEDERAL RESERVE’S purpose , Has the FEDERAL RESERVE become Obsolete because it accomplished its intended goal , to help develop the undeveloped world ??? And if this is true then has the Federal Reserve now become a Financial Tool for a Shadow Government that Has an Agenda of Population Control , and this be a reason why it has become Obsolete in the sustainability of the Independence of the US Citizens , a Threat worth Considering in Today’s Financial crisis of Confidence in economic recovery ????

    The Case for USA Monetary Policy to be placed back in the Hands of the American People under Article 1 Section 10 of the US Constitution . The Current system that was put in place almost 100 years ago , with the 1913 Federal Reserve Act , was done at a time when developing the 3rd world to lift the economic structures and functions up in these societies as a way to elevate human equality has reached its goal overall , and the way the Federal Reserve is Now a Constant Conflict of Interest to the American people with Its ability to place the American people in Debt to benefit the trade Partners of other Nations has become such a burden on USA Economic and Foreign Policies over the years that a New direction in Monetary Policy that should be determined by the Majority of American people is what needs to be brought back into action with the HR 833 Bill thats Now in Committee in Congress
    If you watch these videos you will see how Conflicts that have great economic consequences too the American people have now reached a Point of saturation ; , GREENSPAN says bank fraud was everywhere , Ben Bernanke telling congress the FED Bailed out foreign Investors and stuck the American people with the DEBT .

    Google the word OVERPOPULATION and the Agenda becomes clear , and the USA should Not have to forfeit our Rights and our Liberties just because some in the world see us as a complication to establishing the Agenda to control resources and then what Depends on those resources , people !!! If we are a large Consumer of world marketable resources like OIL and this is a target of an agenda to redistribute this resource then it should not come with a restriction of our ability to find and fund the development of a alternative , but I believe this type of funding will be hard to find unless we the people are In Control of the Monetary Policy that can Issue the use of these type of development funds and direct them towards areas of this type of development in the USA . This is the only way to put people back to work in the USA and Keep the USA independent in its ability to create and access some form of resource supply in an abundant form that can increase quality of life and through abundantly supplying this access to resources domestically we can keep costs stable to the consumer and therefore the markets . This approach would also help keep world markets stable , but it won’t happen as long as we have a manipulated Federal Reserve by a Bunch of Government Ideologues that think they only have the solution to their view of a World Over Population fear , that thinks American Free Enterprise has to be stopped and folded into a One world Operation so rationing of resources can be achieved !!! This is whats wrong with the economic recovery , these Ideologues are trying to poke through their agenda in any way they can see a Opening .

    We the people need to take control of the Monetary Policy in the USA and redesign and develop our long term economic policy around the way we issue credit and value its development because the FEDERAL RESERVE is too Internationally influenced and this is placing the USA in a Position of under valued and under appreciated in every aspect and its time for a Change . HR 833 bill , and then couple what Gates is plans are with this …….
    But it happened because they planned it , see these links again to reference the Plan and why ;

    Maybe whats Missing in the Financial cabal of the Federal Reserve is a Little old fashion ” Competition ” ?????

    In the interview this Morning with the Congressman and Joe , the Conversation was in part about NOT Politicizing the FED , why fear the FED ?? We the people can Print our own Money without them if we want ( Restore our Constitutional Authority ) , and fund what we the people believe needs to be funded just as these Wizards behind the curtain are doing , so I don’t see what the fear the Fed Slogan is all about ????

    “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” – Thomas Jefferson 1816

    Thomas Jefferson had it right when he advised: “Let the eyes of vigilance never be closed.”

    How California Can Create Its Own Credit: OWN A BANK!
    Ellen BrownMarketplace • December 9, 2010

    Onward Oregon: Sign a Petition for an Oregon State Bank!

    Too Many Americans Act Like Lab Rats

    A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll shows 68% of Americans are highly critical of the release of confidential U.S. diplomatic cables on the WikiLeaks website, and 59% support the arrest of Assange.

    I was amazed by these results. I have to wonder, why would anyone – from TV journalists to the public at large – think that telling the truth about the U.S. government is a terrible crime… even when the information comes from a reliable source?

    I agree with Congressman Ron Paul. He writes, “The hysterical reaction makes one wonder if this is not an example of killing the messenger for the bad news. Despite what is claimed, information so far released, though classified, has caused no known harm to any individual, but it has caused plenty of embarrassment to our government. Losing a grip on our empire is not welcomed by the neo-conservatives in charge.”

    Like those lab rats that repeatedly shock themselves for rewards, too many Americans seem to be susceptible to fear mongering and demagoguery.

  2. [I found this via your latest post “Seattle restaurants going dark as $15 an hour minimum wage goes into effect”]
    I would agree with you from a conservative point of view; however, for most of us, a job is just that – Just Over Broke.
    Unless you are -were, in my case- able to afford a 4 year college degree, the result is to be relegated to what is quaintly referred to as “service industries”.
    A J.O.B. barely covers basic survival, a wage with no provision to be able to save anything. The littlest of emergencies that life frequently throws at you, causing a fall into unwanted, unasked for debt.
    The other commenters points are well taken.
    Thank Woodrow Wilson for the FED and the IRS, the first nails in our country’s coffin.

    • Our gov’t likes to keep the People down. Tax them every way possible to keep them just over broke.

  3. Note -While working full time, I managed to attend a Junior college for three years, had a 3.6 -out of 4.0- grade average, 65 credit hours, but didn’t get the associate degree. I am one of the survivors.

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