Posted by: Debby Durkee | June 1, 2011

Has the deficit finally awoken the EU and US?

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Has the deficit finally awoken the EU and US?

As Americans continue to struggle with the effects of the financial and debt crisis, which continues an unemployment problem the likes the country hasn’t seen since the 1970’s, is there a bright spot on the horizon? Will Americans finally awaken enough to the reality of the country’s situation to really do something about it? Will the unrest in Europe keep Americans focused long enough to fight back from the brink? This is from Tony Blankley at http://www.realclearpolitics.com.

…if the timing is right, the crisis in the European Union may play a decisive part in tipping the American electorate against President Obama and the Democrats in our 2012 elections.

Both by their votes and their demonstrations, the semi-enfranchised citizens of nations under the rule of the European Union are beginning to fight back against both the social welfare/debt and immigration/border policies that have been imposed on them.

The governing elite’s social welfare/debt policies are hollowing out the prosperity of hardworking Europeans, while exposing beneficiaries of the social largesse to the imminent withdrawal of payments and subsidies to which these many millions of people have become habituated.

At the same time, the elite’s immigration and multicultural policies are seen to be undercutting the ancient indigenous cultures of Europe. Punctuating the slowly developing anger of indigenous Europeans to their government’s multicultural policies is the shock of seeing hundreds of thousands of poor refugees from the ” Arab Spring democratic revolutions” flooding Europe in a matter of weeks — forcing the hapless European governments to reverse on a dime their long-standing open-borders policy and try to re-establish border and passport control.

Now, what will Obama and his bureaucrats do when thousands of refugees seek asylum here? That’s a good question, isn’t it?

Thus, governments from Spain to France to Ireland to Italy to Germany are under fiercely increasing public pressure to abandon the rule and diktat of the European Union and once again try to protect the national interest — not the “European” interest.

Note that the voters are aroused in both the nations whose debt can no longer be locally paid and in those nations who are being asked to pay the debts of foreign countries. That is to say that the European social welfare/ deficit/debt problem has outraged both the debtors and the creditors. It takes a singularly disconnected and arrogant elite to create a set of policies that satisfies neither creditor nor debtor.  Snip –

We are observing a rare process: Stark economic and cultural reality is neutering conventional political methods. Established European political parties and politicians may be become extinct quite suddenly.  Snip –

The beneficiaries of this chaos are third parties – some good, some questionable and all not “approved” by the political elites of the EU.

In the Netherlands, the heroic Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party; in Hungary, the center-right Fidesz Party and the anti-immigrant, hard-right Jobbik Party; in Austria, the right-wing Freedom Party and the Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZO); in Denmark, the hard-right Danish People’s Party; in Italy, the anti-immigrant Northern League; in Finland, the anti-illegal immigrant, Euro-skeptic True Finns Party; in Britain, the racist British National Party and the libertarian, anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party; in France, Jean-Marie (and now his daughter Marine) Le Pens’ patriotic National Front. There are others in almost every European country.  Snip —

The same issues resonant in Europe are front and center here in the United States: immigration, multiculturalism and open borders, out of control entitlement spending, debt and deficits. So, will Americans react the same way? Will they first take their anger to the voting booths in 2012? Or will they ultimately take to the streets?

If the GOP continues to stick to its commitments on both issues…, and the Democratic Party continues its strategy of being the party of kicking the can down the road on both the deficit and the borders, then the tea party movement will express itself through the vessel of the Republican Party, rather than a third party.

It is in the context of a two-way fight in the 2012 election on those issues that events in Europe may be decisive. The greatest unknown in such an election is whether at least 50 percent of the American voting public will see the deficit/debt/federal regulatory intrusion crisis with as much concern in 2012 as it did in our 2010 election — or whether the independents and soft party voters will be sufficiently acclimated to $1.5 trillion annual deficits and 9 percent unemployment that they will vote for federal spending benefits, rather than the national interest.

Blankley believes that if more unrest develops in Europe it could have a decisive effect on American elections. Americans saw the Greek riots in May 2010, which showed Americans what happens when out of control debt reaches its climax, and they voted accordingly in November. Trouble arrives when there are no longer any deep pockets to steal from. When what Margaret Thatcher famously said actually comes true: “The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” That trouble looks a lot like Greece.

When we have states like California and Illinois on the brink of their own Greek-like crash, we might not have to look all the way to Europe for the unrest. Let’s pray that Americans are finally awake enough. We won’t survive another Obama presidency — and isn’t that part of his plan? “Fundamentally transforming the United States of America” — what did those folks who voted for him think he meant by that? Well, look around, that’s what he meant. Read it all here:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/06/01/out_of_deficit_more_democracy_110043.html

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