On Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” Tuesday night, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan reacted to recently uncovered high-profile recordings of the two opponents facing off in November’s election: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s so-called “47 percent” fundraising remarks from May of this year and President Barack Obama’s 1998 recorded admission that he believes in wealth redistribution.
Buchanan, the author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” said this was an important debate to have, given the state of the U.S. economy and the fiscal situations of nations all over the world.
“This is the great conflict of our time,” Buchanan said. “Are we going down the road? Barack Obama, in my judgment, is a Fabian socialist. You saw the ‘redistribution,’ and by that I mean he’s not [Independent Vermont Sen.] Bernie Sanders, who is right out in the open and honest about it, but he’s a Fabian socialist who wants to move through gradualism and reform, step by step, until a majority of Americans are dependent upon government. When that happens, the party of government wins every election.”
Buchanan said that ultimately Obama is trying to create a dependency on welfare and other benefits, making the public so reliant on government that it becomes drug-like.
“Read FDR, about relief being ‘a narcotic,’ a ‘subtle destroyer of the human spirit,'” Buchanan recalled. “‘We got to get off this welfare,’ is what he said. In that sense if it’s a narcotic, Barack Obama is a drug dealer of welfare.”
“He wants permanent dependency, in my judgment, of all these folks on the federal [dole] somehow getting benefits, benefits, benefits, and paying no taxes. Now I think you’ve got it — Gov. Romney is the complete opposite: We believe in temporary help for anybody that’s in trouble. You should have a floor of decency underneath every family. Unemployment should be temporary — unemployment benefits should be. Food stamps should be temporary. What are we doing with 47 million people permanently hav[ing] to be fed by the government?”