The busy-body leftists just never stop trying to tell others how to live their lives.
They've made it illegal to smoke in most private businesses (there are exceptions like casinos here in Michigan); made us spend much more money for light bulbs (the corkscrew variety with dangerous mercury inside); achieved inroads on ramrodding electric and hybrid vehicles down our throats; put the kabosh on transfats and Big Gulps in some cities; took Christ out of Christmas ("holiday party," not "Christmas party"); and would like nothing better than to cause electricity prices to skyrocket by cracking down on coal production and use.
Thank God the public caught on to what a scam global warming is, and the United States refused to go along with the leftist Kyoto Protocol. Carbon credits and emission trading -- just what our sick economy needs.
Along with ill-defined utopianisms and left-wing pipe dreams such as "sustainability," "green jobs," social justice and multiculturalism is one I heard about the other day: "Regional Equity."
Long story short: The smug elitists who think they're smarter than the rest of us, who cannot bear individuals' freedom to chart their own courses and live their own lives; who are in love with Soviet style central planning... these folks think it's unfair that suburbanites generally have better schools, lower crime, higher quality health care, superior police and fire departments, and more stable neighborhoods than do their urban counterparts. The omniscient elitists want to, as our statist president would put it, "spread the wealth around."
Stanley Kurtz's new book, "Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities," covers the topic. Admittedly, I have not read it, but probably will. Just heard about it on a radio talk show the other day, and it sounds intriguing.
Regional equity goes hand in hand with so-called "smart growth" and sustainability. But it is more heavy-handed than simply setting restrictive zoning requirements and aggressively advocating mass transit trains. It is -- or will be, if The One gets re-elected -- a naked power play that will take from those who have worked hard, disciplined themselves and sacrificed for their families, and give to the typically corrupt urban pols, unions and their cronies to help many people who choose not to exert themselves.
I forget who it was, but some wag once observed that when liberals see a problem, they don't attempt to solve it, they colonize it. (All the easier to set up perpetual bureaucracies, grants and payoffs to campaign contributors). I would amend that statement to say, liberals create problems or crises, then colonize them. Remember the Clinton administration's "digital divide" of the 1990s? Just another bureaucratic concoction to piss away taxpayers' money and expand the already bloated entitlement state.
Liberals don't want equal opportunity; they want equal outcomes. In their warped view,it's not fair for some people to earn more money, live in a nicer home or drive a better car. (Well, there certainly are exceptions, such as Democrat pols sucking up to self-serving teachers' unions, opposing vouchers and charter schools, yet sending their own children to private schools.)
Anyway, just remember those two words: Regional Equity. The Trotskyites of the Obama administration, central planners like Valerie Jarrett and Cecilia Munoz, are licking their chops. Heaven help us if they get another four years.