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Obama to Donors: Get Me Re-Elected or Face the Horror of Self-Reliance

By Doug Powers  •  October 26, 2011 09:10 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

There are still a lot of people who believe that the notion of self reliance and limited government is a feature of America instead of a glitch, and they long to see a return to those founding principles. These are folks who understand that America didn’t declare independence because the King failed to provide the colonists with a health care plan (Georgecare), free lunches and a retirement fund. This is an optimistic breed who can see the inherent good in their fellow Americans and realize that a tempered centralized bureaucracy doesn’t automatically translate to individual misery and hardship in a land where faith and charity are the rule, not the exception. They also believe that “federally mandated compassion” has to a great degree turned out to be a cruel and expensive oxymoron.

President Obama was not talking to those people yesterday.

From ABC News via Dan Riehl:

At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in America.

“The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don’t work even harder than we did in 2008, then we’re going to have a government that tells the American people, ‘you are on your own,’” Obama told a crowd of 200 donors over lunch at the W Hotel.

“If you get sick, you’re on your own. If you can’t afford college, you’re on your own. If you don’t like that some corporation is polluting your air or the air that your child breathes, then you’re on your own,” he said. “That’s not the America I believe in. It’s not the America you believe in.”

A possible Republican comeback would be to simply ask those who have been made to fear self-reliance how that reliance has been working out for them lately.

“Elect me or you’re on your own” is nothing new. It’s recycled from the 2008 campaign (“green administration” promise kept).

**Written by Doug Powers

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