A famous quote I once heard seems to define the liberal Democrat movement in our nation today. “Society’s needs come before the individual’s needs.” It seems that nearly every policy offered by Democrat leadership embodies the spirit of this quote.

I’m continually amazed at how liberals posture themselves during a campaign season as champions for the middle class, and then keep gouging them with their progressive, socialist policies.

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Believe me when I tell you, it’s never been about liberal Democrats being more compassionate for the lower or middle class. It’s about buying their votes! As we draw closer to the 2016 presidential election, it’s important to understand the strategy behind the empty promises offered by the left.

The next progressive step involves offering “compassionate” solutions they propose will bring fairness to the system and provide more opportunity to those being suppressed by the evils of capitalism.

Finally, progressives and the complicit liberal media combine to demonize any entity or individual who decries progressive policies as the deceitful betrothals they are. And as the voter base in the expanding government safety net increases, the liberal narrative begins to take root and no longer depends on truth or legitimacy.

Consider this. As the full weight of the Obamacare employer mandate is felt (it requires employers to provide healthcare to full time-employees), do you suppose businesses will just take the hit on their back page?

As the minimum wage increases, do you suppose restaurants, retail businesses or the service industry will simply absorb the additional costs? As the EPA continues to levy ridiculous regulations on industry, do you expect businesses to continue operating passively in the red?

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Let me be clear – they will not. Some businesses cannot and others will not accept a narrower profit margin. Many small businesses already have slim profit margins and wouldn’t survive.


So who do you suppose will make up the difference? You will. You will pay more for that trip to the restaurant. You will pay more at the grocery store. You will pay more for utilities and services. We’re seeing it already.

So, when the smoke clears around that shiny new entitlement liberals handed you, you’ll find the government got their share by taxing it. Businesses got their share by charging you for it. And you got the shaft from liberal Democrats who told you it was raining as the dog wet on your leg.

So the next time a liberal Democrat promises you a free lunch, take a moment and thoughtfully consider the offer. Because in these scenarios, it isn’t business or the government that loses; it’s you.

Oh, the aforementioned quote: Adolph Hitler, April 12, 1921.


Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.