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The Grand Delusion of the Progressive Left

January 24, 2017

NCPA's Allen West writes for Townhall:

I love two genres of music, classical and classic rock. One of my favorite classic rock bands is the group Styx and one of my favorite songs of theirs is "Grand Illusion." However, in the case of what we have seen post the 2016 presidential election through the inauguration of President Donald Trump, it appears the progressive socialist left is operating under a grand delusion.

In 2009, the progressive left embarked upon an ideological agenda evidencing a serious delusion and disconnection with America. Instead of focusing on two simple issues, economic growth and national security, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and their acolytes engaged a direction for America that was not rooted in sound policy, but their interpretation of "fairness."

The first case of delusion was to try and make the American people believe that Keynesian economic policy, tax and spend, was still viable. First thing out of the gate was a massive $1 trillion stimulus package that was centered upon what was termed "shovel ready jobs." It was a matter of huge embarrassment when Obama sat on a stage with his economic council stating, "I guess shovel ready was not exactly ready." The fact that Obama did so with a laugh and smirk was a slap in the face of the American taxpayer.

 

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