Legendary Democrat operative and current Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel articulated a rule his partisans have long followed: “You never want a serious crisis go to waste.” He went on to explain, “What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” Conservatives have slammed the strategy as cynical, but no one has denied its effectiveness.
Sometimes Democrats have seized on legitimate and unforeseen incidents, such as the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis, to ram through long-desired but irrelevant financial regulations and the unpreparedness and obstinacy of local governments in Hurricane Katrina to mar the Bush administration with charges of racism and incompetence. Other times they have invented crises out of whole cloth, such as the “health care crisis” that no one considered a crisis until Barack Obama insisted they must and the “immigration crisis” as a euphemism to refer, not to the massive annual influx of illegal aliens into the country, but rather to the dubious legal status of those individuals already here.—More…
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