Patrick Joseph Buchanan–a former adviser to President Reagan and conservative pundit, political commentator, columnist, and author–appeared on Fox News’ On The Record yesterday, where he defended Romney’s leaked comments about the 47% of Americans Romney doesn’t care about, saying that Romney had only said that it’s hard to appeal to voters that don’t pay taxes on the basis of tax cuts. He also called Obama “a Fabian socialist.”
Buchanan defended Romney’s comments, saying that Romney had simply said that it’s hard to appeal to people on the basis of tax cuts when they do not pay taxes. Can you live in a society, he then asked, where tax consumers “outweigh” tax payers?
He agreed that some people live off government benefits “without trying,” but that Romney’s comment risked alienating those “good folks” within the 47 percent who are older and receive health care benefits. But President Obama, on the other hand…
“Barack Obama, in my judgment, is a Fabian socialist. You saw the redistribution, and by that I mean he’s not Bernie Sanders who is right out in the open and honest about it, but he’s a Fabian socialist that wants to move through gradualism and reform step by step until a majority of Americans are dependent upon government. And when that happens, the party of government wins every election.”
Here’s the video, courtesy of On The Record and Mediaite:
The interesting bit is where he says that a large number of people on government benefits is the beginning of the end for a democratic republic such as the U.S. He’s right, but not for the right reason. He’s saying it’s the beginning of socialism. Economic socialism certainly doesn’t prevent voting, or having a democratic system of government. The reason it’s dangerous is because money is controlling elections, and that’s the start of an aristocracy.
Pat also insinuated–no, directly stated–that liberalism fiscally destroys a country or state. However, the simple truth is that the opposite is true. If you watched President Clinton’s speech, you will know that democratic administrations have created more jobs, more money for the country, increased the stock market more, etc. Clinton’s statistics were also fact-checked and found to be correct.
Another interesting note is that red states are poorer and have more people using benefits than blue states do, and this is no coincidence. Conservative fiscal policy and trick-down economics fail. Progressives don’t want to give benefits to everyone–only the people that need them. It’s something called “human compassion.” Sorry, right wing–food is an entitlement.