[January 27, 2014]When
the nation is in trouble with runaway spending that increases the
deficit to unsustainable proportions, and the administration
currently in power is responsible for creating more of that deficit
than all other administrations combined, what is the logic to keep
supporting the same plans that have inflated the deficit?
As the nation developed and began building infrastructure on the use
of oil and coal as energy for transportation, electrical power, home
heating and modern technology, and the current administration wants
to eliminate the use of fossil fuel, oil exploration and drilling,
as well as drive up the price of coal to such a prohibitive cost
that people must stop using it, what is the logic to keep supporting
the same plans that have prevented America from being energy-independent?
When the nation is on the brink of disaster by virtue of
politically generated crises that threaten to drive the economy over
the cliff, or the administration devises a plan that has been dubbed
"sequestration" that claims to virtually shut down the border
security to the United States, tie up airline travel by laying off a
huge percentage of air traffic controllers, keep people from
receiving appropriate medical care, and cripple the nation's educational
system unless the taxes are raised again to prevent such a disaster,
why do we believe it?
When most of the economists believe that a
free market system economy thrives when the people in that economy
are allowed to take risks, build businesses, keep their own money
and the economy grows, what is the logic to keep supporting the
same plans that have kept American free enterprise and market economy
from growing the past five years?
I believe the logic used is that the administration currently in
power and the supporting Democrats in the Senate and House are
complicit in the dulling of the economy because of one basic belief
that is contrary to the free market economy. The administration and
the complicit Democrat members of the Senate and House believe that
taxes, more taxes and more taxes are the only thing that will cause
the American economy to thrive. They believe that the larger and
richer the government becomes, thereby granting them more and more
power to regulate, control, manipulate and make policy, this will
stimulate the economy to make it grow when the government is large
enough, powerful enough and pervasive enough, by giving back portions
of money to the citizens for them to pay their bills and create a
lifestyle that is equalized across society.
For the most part, the
administration and the Democrats in the Senate and House do not
believe in a free market economy that is grown by everyday citizens
making investments in their villages, towns, cities and states. They
do not believe that the independent citizen is intelligent enough to
know how to invest and spend their money at the local hardware,
theater, gas station, restaurant or department store. Certainly the
independent citizen is not thought of as having enough intelligence
to pay bills, buy different cars, take vacations and participate in
commerce as well as the policy wonks can do.
The difference between free market economy and the large,
pervasive government economy is the belief of how growth comes
Free market says the pie gets bigger with each individual's
investment, a service or product that comes to market through innovation
and risk. Some hit big, some keep pace, some even fail. But people
with the desire and willingness to take risks with the belief in
themselves keep on going until someday they reach success. When that
happens they create jobs, hire more people, create paydays for
families. And what do those families do with their paychecks? They
spend the money on bills, houses, cars, clothes, school, parities,
vacations and everything one can think of. That spreads the wealth
around, redistributes it if you will, to those who are also working,
providing products or services.
Then enters government. No, no, no; in order to "grow" the economy,
the government needs to "take" from the economy. For those who have
entered into the free market and have risked their capital, worked
very hard, the government wants to take more money from them through
taxes. Make no mistake, when money in our economic system is taken
from an individual, it is usually referred to as a fine. (Remember Obamacare and the Supreme Court ruling regarding taxes and fines.) A
fine is a punishment! When you are fined for a certain behavior, you
are being punished.
Now, when a person is being punished for doing something, the idea
is to reduce or eliminate that behavior. Any educator will tell us
that. If you want to see more of a behavior, you reinforce the person
when they behave that way.
So, when the current administration and the complicit Democrats in
the Senate and House want to continue to raise taxes on the people
who are making the money, the only thing in the economy that is
growing is the government, more policies, more regulations, more
government employees. People who are taxed are being punished by
having more of their money taken away from them.
Remember the poor
golfer in California who was lambasted by the media because he
thought the government taking 63 percent of his money and leaving
him only 37 percent to live on was unfair. He was being punished
percent of his earnings.
So here is the logic: Government growth = more government, more
punishment to the individual citizen, no growth of economy, higher
deficits, more crisis, higher taxes, high unemployment,
redistribution, massive government social welfare systems with more
government involvement, all with ultimate failure. (Look at
Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security; all seem doomed to failure
under government-run policies, and keeping the politicians' fingers
out of the pie.)
Free market = individual citizens working for their money, earning
salaries, investing in startups, hiring employees, people making
more money and people spending more money.