FAILED LIBERAL IDEAS

Liberal ideas are a lot of things: dangerous, wasteful, unconstitutional, even socialist at times.

But it's time to call a spade a spade: MOST LIBERAL IDEAS HAVE FAILED . . . miserably!

Liberals love to call themselves compassionate. So why do their ideas so often end up with catastrophic results on the people they're intended to help?

They call themselves progressive. Truth is, though, their ideas are recycled schemes that continue to blow trillions of dollars on bloated, failed programs that take the country backward.

They talk about personal liberty like they invented it. But everything they do butts into every corner of your personal life.

In short, many liberal ideas are recycled failures that backfire and can't get simple concepts straight.

In the following survey, you can rate how badly five liberal ideas have failed based on the threat you think they pose to freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society in America.

When you're done, you'll have an opportunity to send a loud-and-clear message to Congress—STOP THE FAILED LIBERAL IDEAS that are bankrupting America, undermining the Constitution, and weakening the nation.

Now, call 'em as you see 'em . . .

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1. Defense Spending (or lack thereof)

The Obama Administration’s FY 2012 proposed budget continues the trend of reducing defense spending below safe levels while allowing entitlement spending to grow unchecked.

Rate this liberal idea:

What could possibly go wrong?

A bad idea, but not particularly dangerous

Definitely a failed liberal idea

Providing for the defense of the United States is the federal government’s most important responsibility. Yet these truths seem to be missing from the Obama Administration’s fiscal year 2012 budget request. Drastically cutting the military, which is already stretched too thin and using aging equipment, is deeply misguided. It would weaken the U.S. military forces at a time when the threats to U.S. security are mounting, and such cuts would create budget fault lines that could become fissures down the road.

Cutting defense spending as threats to national security increase? Something doesn't add up.

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2. Tax Hikes to . . . create jobs?

President Obama’s proposed $447 billion American Jobs Act would increase taxes on job creators in order to offset the costs of his plan.

Rate this liberal idea:

What could possibly go wrong?

A bad idea, but not particularly dangerous

Definitely a failed liberal idea

Almost all of the $447 billion in increased revenue called for by President Obama would come from raising taxes on job creators—the same job creators whom President Obama wants to hire more workers to reduce the unemployment rate. This tax hike would negate any benefits the President thinks will come from this act—in fact, the proposals outlined in his plan would likely reduce employment in the long term and dampen the already hurting American economy.

Taxing those you need to help you create jobs? Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

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3. The U.S. Department of Energy

Created in the 1970s as one of President Jimmy Carter's bright ideas, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has seen its mission evolve from basic research and development to spending billions to commercialize technologies that aren’t yet viable—and might never be.

Rate this liberal idea:

What could possibly go wrong?

A bad idea, but not particularly dangerous

Definitely a failed liberal idea

Despite funding numerous projects that never get off the ground, the U.S. Department of Energy has seen its budget grow by more than $11 billion in the last 10 years—a 76% increase!  Because our nation is looking for spending to cut, the DOE might be the place to start.  Instead of focusing on opening new sources of energy, the DOE pushes politically correct pet projects that are expensed to the American people.

Some of these ideas . . . like mood rings and polyester pants . . . are better left in the 1970s.

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4. The Community Reinvestment Act

Liberals created the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) to encourage private lenders to meet the needs of borrowers in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

Rate this liberal idea:

What could possibly go wrong?

A bad idea, but not particularly dangerous

Definitely a failed liberal idea

The CRA spawned sub-prime mortgage lending, which boomed starting in the mid-1990s under President Bill Clinton. When the bubble burst, millions of sub-prime borrowers—the low-income people the CRA was created to help—found themselves owing more than their homes were worth. This set off the foreclosure cascade, tipped the economy into a prolonged recession, and plunged many families into poverty after they lost the homes they couldn’t afford but that Washington induced them to buy.

Ignoring the law of unintended consequences: It just doesn’t work.

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5. 'Comprehensive' Immigration Reform

Senate liberals' latest immigration proposal offers multiple "paths to citizenship" for foreign nationals who are in America illegally.

Rate this liberal idea:

What could possibly go wrong?

A bad idea, but not particularly dangerous

Definitely a failed liberal idea

They’re touting their Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011 as the complete and real solution to America’s immigration problems. Hoping Americans will ignore history, though, liberals’ current manipulation is as catastrophically irresponsible as the amnesty law Congress adopted in 1986, which more than quadrupled the population of people here illegally.

Doing the same thing and expecting a different result: That’s not going to get us anywhere.

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To become part of the solution, please sign the Citizens’ Letter to Congress on Stopping the Failed Liberal Ideas by The Heritage Foundation, the most influential policy think tank in America. Heritage will use this letter to urge Congress to stop legislating based on failed liberal ideas—and your name will be among the countless Americans listed.

Have you had enough of the failed liberal ideas that are ruining America?

Tell Washington to wise up!