The Bets Are In, The Stakes Are High

When Barack Obama made his since-gone-viral “you didn’t build that” speech (Twitter #YDBT) he turned over a very telling card in a socialist hand that he’s been building since his 2008 campaign. Now that DC Hold’em 2012 is in full play, the cards are taking shape for everyone to see.

As you might recall during the 2008 campaign, Obama told Ohio resident “Joe the Plumber” that we needed to “spread the wealth.” There were plenty of savvy political players who believed that he had just tipped his hand, yet the suckers remained at the table and checked their bets. Then days before the election Obama raised the stakes and said that he intended to “fundamentally transform America.” The chumps stayed in the game, and Obama took the White House.

Now that Barack “Hawaiian Slim” Obama continues turning over his cards, one might wonder why there are still dupes at the table ripe for fleecing. The answer comes in three words: Government funded entitlements. Obama is no doubt pleased with the progress he’s made in the fundamental transformation he’s sought: a new class of Americans who are not only beholden to the State, they’ve embraced their servitude. Obama said it himself. “It’s working.”

Back in the old days, slaves didn’t like being slaves. They aspired to liberty—even willing to risk their lives for a chance at freedom. But the 20th century gave us the insidious promises of socialism, a flawed system that continues to attract the slow learners on the Left. Barak Obama is betting that he can still keep enough pidgeons in the game who’ll buy into his shady hand.

Not one to hedge his bets, Obama sweetened the pot with his latest declaration of “a new vision of an America in which prosperity is shared.” Can there be any doubt where he wants to take this country? A statist collective that would even impress Europe. Really, the only question that remains in this drawn out round of political poker is if voters in November will call his bluff.

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2 thoughts on “The Bets Are In, The Stakes Are High

  1. I really like the DC Hold’em metaphor, but otherwise everything else here is vague yet hyperbolic. Could a US president establish a statist collective with the legislative and judiciary branches passively sitting by? Good Lord, Congress has been so grumpy it can’t even pass a budget, and Republicans have been so amazingly unified that dozens and dozens of judicial and executive vacancies remain unfilled.

    These are not realities that presage a sudden and dramatic transformation from a sort-of free market economy to a statist collective.

  2. I don’t mean to necessarily imply any sudden or dramatic transformation. I see too many possible scenarios that might go either way. All is not well. We have history to illustrate the anatomy of governments in decline. But I hope for the best while preparing for the worst.

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