by John Hawkins | January 23, 2014 4:39 am
How bad is Obama’s performance as President? There’s a legitimate debate about whether he’s destroying the nation accidentally or on purpose and Allen West seems to be leaning towards the former.
With a record 20 percent of households on food stamps, former Florida Rep. Allen West says it’s time to stop saying President Barack Obama’s policies are failing.
They may be performing exactly as intended, he says.
West, a Republican, said he recently reread the Cloward-Piven strategy, proposed by two sociologists and political activists in 1966. The purpose of the strategy, offered to Democrats at the time, was to overload the welfare system so that people could be given “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.”
Obama’s economic policies may be intended to do something similar, West hinted during a Wednesday appearance on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”
“We’re seeing an incredible growth of the welfare nanny state; we’re seeing the poverty rolls explode; we’re seeing the food stamp rolls explode; we’re seeing more dependency on government largesse and programs,” he said. “We’re seeing a desperation and a despondency out there that’s being created by this administration.”
Other Republicans have said Obama’s Affordable Care Act is intended not to work properly, but rather to fail so a single-payer, government-run system can be installed.
I don’t buy into the idea that Obama is following the Cloward-Piven strategy, BUT — and this is a big but — Obama is so incompetent that he wouldn’t be doing things much differently if his goal were to destroy the country. Additionally, I do think Obama feels very comfortable with the idea of doing things that hurt the country, but help the Democrats politically. In other words, the more people on welfare and food stamps, the better. The more Americans that are dependent on the government, the better. If Obamacare fails, that’s fine, just as long as it moves the country close to single payer. Does he believe that will destroy our political system? I tend to think that he doesn’t, but again, if your actions are indistinguishable from those of someone who’s trying to deliberately destroy the country, how much of a difference does it make?
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