Business Makes, But Government Takes
Try As They Might, Collectivists Can't Replace The Market
A "Demediacrat" said the other day that, if the government puts people to work digging a ditch and then filling it in again, it's not a bad thing. "At least they're productively employed," was the assertion.
Anyone who would take that view has a wildly-distorted view of what productive employment is. And since (over the last century) "progressive" statists have taken control over every opinion-influencing institution in America from the classroom to the movie theater, you can see where such wild distortions come from. Simply put: the statists think government should do what the free market is supposed to do. But it can't. And since the October revolution of 1917, the idea's been tried and tried again, and has failed miserably every time.
A congresswoman from Illinois (one guess as to her party affiliation) today is touting a plan to create "emergency jobs" - two million of them - for out-of-work Americans. As is the case with all progressives, her heart's in the right place, but her brain does not have a clue how to do this. She'd have the government hire all these people to be nurses and teachers and police officers, put them on the tax rolls, and get 'em out there spending money so the economy will turn around. But if the government pays them (using your tax dollars), they'll have to choke businesses to death with taxation (and debt), and there will be nowhere for those extra police officers to spend money.
Congresswomen and Demediacrats don't get one simple thing Ronald Reagan understood clearly: government doesn't create wealth, it destroys it. The only way government can help the economy is to do what Reagan and his hero, Calvin Coolidge, did: get the hell out of the free market's way!
The market rewards efficiency... government rewards inefficiency, and that's why digging a hole and filling it back in is a pretty good analogy for government's idea of "putting people to work." The market pays for innovation and industry... the government confiscates from industrious innovators and redistributes the money to the idle and uninspired. The market liberates the soul of the nation... the government seeks to control the nation, snuffing out its very soul. As Reagan put it, government robotically goes about these tasks: if it moves, tax it... if it keeps moving, regulate it... if it stops moving, subsidize it.
The great ideologic struggle of our generation is underway, economically, politically, socially, and culturally. Will we be a nation of entrepreneurs, or of victims? Next year's elections will go far to show us the answer our neighbors have chosen. In the meanwhile, you have to do what you can to build and protect your wealth. Start a business. Get smart about the global conspiracy against your money. And build your health and values to a position of sufficient strength to withstand the storm that's coming.
I wish our current leaders would realize that nothing government does can "help" the economy. And the more nothing it does, the more it helps.