In the aftermath of this election…

by Tim Condon

…I’m finding there to be a strange…quiet in the atmosphere. It’s not at all like 2008, when there were loud and adulating crowds, where there were victory laps and cries of joy…where there were even some taunts of “nya, nya, nyaaa, we won the election!” (That last came directly from Obama himself, as I remember.) But now? It’s strangely…quiet. They’re very subdued this time. It almost has the feeling that the winning voters might be collectively holding their breath, thinking…”Have we gone too far?”

After all, the new American electorate has voted for “free stuff.” Socialism is no longer a dirty word, nor is it a concept synonymous with economic failure anymore. So the question may now be…

“What are the people who pay for all this going to do? Are they going to quit? Are they going to scale back, stop working so hard?”

Who? You know. The people who work for a living. Those not dependent on government. Those who actually pay the taxes. There seems to be a growing silence from them, as if they’re thinking “To hell with it.” If the people who work for a living, those who provide services to everyone else, those who both make things and cause them to be made…if they do quit, then what happens to everyone else?

Bill Whittle of PJ Media made a proposal that I noted on GraniteGroke the other day. That’s one reaction to Obama’s re-election. But I think Whittle’s ideas may be too tame. In a struggle between “the Takers and the Makers,” where the Takers have won, many of the Makers may just decide to work less and reduce their standard of living (even if they’re not forced to do so by the entirely predictable results of Obama’s economic policies).

The very wealthy, on the other hand, will diversify their wealth internationally. Others might move overseas as the inevitable train crash approaches. The rest of us? Who knows? My guess is that the American economy will begin to grind down, as does every economy where socialist populism takes hold…and then we’ll go over the cliff of a full-scale economic collapse.

I fear the question is not whether all this will happen, but how soon.

Either way, in the end the resulting mess will be remarked upon by the mainstream media and those who caused it as…”bad luck.”

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  • Scott Morales

    Tim, I share your sense of the “strange” post election atmosphere. I think you’re right in that some of it is that people are coming out of the shell shock and asking themselves, “what now?” I recall seeing Dennis Miller a few weeks back making the case for those who bust their a$$ to make around 50k, to step out of makers line and into the takers line b/c it’s pretty much even. Sad, but good point. I can’t say I’d blame ‘em if they do.

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