Faced with the realities of fewer jobs, lower wages, more long-term unemployment, higher taxes and greater debt created by their fiscal policies, the liberal elite face a potential backlash from supporters frustrated with a lack of "success" in the business and financial world. Rather than re-examine the plans they have put in place, those on the left have instead launched an effort to just re-define the concept of "success" in America.
I stumbled across a New York Times article this weekend about a conference in New York City focusing on how to live a "new successful" life--which, you guessed it, involves less money, less financial security and of course, less work. The conference was hosted by Arianna Huffington--whose own success came from dating and marrying rich guys--and Mika Brzezinski--who comes from a family of wealthy European diplomats. Ms Huffington told the 200-people sitting in her LIVING ROOM that "The way we define success isn't working. More bigger, better--we can't do that anymore."
In other words, folks "I got mine--but you should learn to live without." Forget upgrading to a bigger house for the family, or the summer cottage on the lake, or the classic sports car, or early retirement. The things that our parents and grandparents worked hard for and were able to save up to buy in the past--will not be available to you in the future. Your money and resources will be better spent on the collective--in ways decided upon by the government.
Huffington and Brzezinski therefore believe that our focus should be on the non-material things, like getting enough sleep, meditation and "spiritual renewal". They believe a truly successful person will be well-rested and not stressed out about anything. Going through life with Zen would certainly be nice--but unfortunately, naps and meditation don't pay the bills. And they don't feed the kids and they don't put products on store shelves. They also don't put men on the moon or cure cancer either.
But those who decide to adopt this effort to redefine "success" in America will feed right into the liberal agenda. You're spending more time at home with the kids--but can't afford to take care of them? Don't worry, there are government programs that will feed, shelter and even babysit them. Don't work enough hours to pay for maintenance of your car? We'll provide you with public transportation and subsidized high-speed rail to get you around. You'd rather paint landscapes than balance the books in an office? We'll pay for your health insurance. Being happy never put any money in your retirement accounts? We'll provide you an income and pay your medical bills when you are old.
If this is going to be the new definition of "success" in America--I guess I'll dream to be a "failure" who works hard and provides for himself.