Much of what Democrats want and propose and have as policy relieves people of personal responsibility. Poor decisions, laziness, carelessness for others; the government is always there to step in and help return the person who did what shouldn't be done to return to normalcy. And with the rule of law ... of course Democrats pass laws just as Republicans do. But too often, if they do not like the result of applying law - then they look for a way to circumvent it.
Not holding people to a high standard of personal responsibility and ignoring the rule of law will both, ultimately, lead to ruin. As one example, I give you today's column about the difference between Romney and Obama vis a vis the auto industry bailout.
When the president forced GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy court, the White House's auto task force used the process to execute a prearranged reorganization it had masterminded with political allies. By contrast, Mr. Romney called for a true bankruptcy, in which creditors and stakeholders negotiate reorganization together, with the government merely providing the minimum support needed to prevent disorderly liquidation. In retrospect, Mr. Romney's approach not only would have produced outcomes superior to the president's, it was actually the braver course of action.
Please do read the entire article. Holding companies responsible - their management and their workers and their unions - may cause short term pain. In the end, however, it creates greater incentive to everyone to do their best. They have more awareness that if they do not, instead of some savior leaping in - their company and their jobs may vanish; gone to others who are willing to do what is necessary to achieve a superior outcome.
And having a rule of law that remains in effect until, through proper process, laws are altered (if not wise) - is the only way that people can plan and know how they must behave - and know what their rights and responsibilities are. Overturning law to protect special interests and friends ultimately leads to an exceptionally unfair system for all.
Both Obama and Romney wanted to "save" the auto industry. The process by which they thought it ought to be done, however, speaks volumes.