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Can We Stop the Spending, Or Is It Too Late? by The Elephant's Child
April 20, 2012, 11:38 am
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Education, Politics | Tags:

There is a magical process whereby a goodly percentage of the money earned by a citizen with his labor is confiscated by the federal government, and when it arrives at the IRS, it ceases to be taxpayer money and becomes — revenue. Of which, there is never enough. And when the legislators that we elect to Congress begin to deal with it, it has become, again by some magical process — government money.

The significance of this is that those who work for the government, in considering it as government money, feel free to spread it around. Government money is no longer made up of hundreds and thousands, as it was as part of your income, now it is consists of millions, billions and trillions.

For those of us who believe that the best government is that which is closest to the people it serves; the government in Washington DC has grown far too big and bloated. Yet in spite of the objections of the public, government has continued to expand. Obama is a determined expander of government because he believes that government does things better. He just remarked that he Apple and Google exist because of the government.

He believes now that he is, through his efforts to promote clean energy, saving the planet; and it is through the government’s new investments in old-fashioned technologies that the 21st Century clean economy will come about. It doesn’t matter if some ventures do not succeed, that’s the cost of reaching  for a better future.

Obama clearly has nothing but contempt for Republicans and Republican ideas. I suspect that he has never been exposed to Conservative thought before. In spite of all claims for his superior intellect and vast intellectual accomplishment, he seems remarkably lacking in information. He doesn’t know much about either history or economics.

But he has that in common with many of the Democrats in Congress. They pass laws with little understanding of the consequences that are the inevitable result. They have never understood that if you take a patient, an insurance company, and a medical establishment, add several thousand pages of complicated rules and over 100 different new agencies to manage it all — the brilliance of their rules is not going to make it cost less. The cost will be astronomically higher, and the medical establishment will necessarily be focused on recompense for their work rather than patient care.

The government frequently passes a law to correct a specific problem in a specific place that, applied nationwide, causes enormous problems. A few years back, Congress became concerned about arsenic in the water. Regulations required costly water purification plants to be built everywhere. Most communities had no arsenic.  I don’t know how that one turned out. The recent regulation requiring all swimming pools to become accessible to the disabled at enormous cost, will accomplish nothing except to put many out of business.

The National Automobile Dealers Association says that the NTSA’s proposed 2025 fuel economy standards will cause 7 million car buyers to be pushed out of the market by fuel economy rules. If the cost of a vehicle goes up by government estimates of about $3,000, millions of people will no longer be able to finance a new car. The government’s Cash for Clunkers debacle helped a lot of people already in the market for a new vehicle to get a handout, and stripped the marketplace of both used cars and used auto parts.

Because what is involved is only government money, these huge failures are of no moment. Lives may be ruined as people are put out of business, but it doesn’t change government behavior. The EPA has lost a whole raft of lawsuits this spring because of overreaching regulation, yet it doesn’t even slow them down. Obama has spent $5 trillion in Government money in just three years, and shows no restraint whatsoever.

Can we actually reduce the size and cost of government? Or are we doomed to allowing it to grow and expand like some great noxious bubble of swamp gas until it collapses? We’ve been complaining about the growth of government for so many years that there is a danger that no one will take the problem seriously and assume that once again we can just muddle through.




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