As I’ve often mentioned before, politics is a mighty wacky world. And it now seems to be getting wackier ever day. There’s so much unknown and up in the air right now, and our president-elect is such a mystery as to his real views and stances on things (does he even have any established views), that it’s hard to read what is going on in Washington right now.
We know the views and goals of the establishment democrat crowd. Pelosi and Reid and bunch have long ago announced their intentions and directions they want to take our country in. But Obama even to this day remains somewhat hard to read.
That clearly shows in the response that he has gotten from many conservative writers, pleasing some and disappointing others with his choices and appointments.
I think the one thing that is clear is that the democrats want to use every opportunity they get to take this country in a more socialist direction, and the current economic crisis is a great opportunity for them to do so. The question then is just how much will Obama buy into that move? I hope I’m wrong, but I fear the worst.
These socialistic moves can be accomplished because they sell well. People love touchy feely stuff and will easily go along with things that seem as if they will relieve some burden or other, or push the cost of something off onto someone else. But, like the saying goes, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.
Everything has a price. Nationalizing healthcare might well come with less healthcare being available, longer waits for service, less innovation, research, fewer treatment options and loss of any personal control of where, how, and by who your cared for. An experiment that if it fails may not be easily retreated from.
Pumping public money into private enterprise via these bailouts may well come with some unintended and not so pleasant side effects. Placing more control of business into government hands has no long history of success, and judging by those enterprises that the government has run in the past doesn’t give one great faith in the future prospects of any such endeavor.
Knowledge that it was the government and its policies that caused most of the damage in that arena surely doesn’t quell many fears either.
The fact remains also that the democrats have a long deep history of desire for your money. How much control over pension plans and investments are we giving to these people in Washington as they pass out dollars that they don’t even have? That money will have to eventually come back from somewhere.
Windfall tax’s on retirement accounts? Higher tax’s on Capital Gains? More tax’s on “the Rich”? Tax’s on that healthcare received? Higher tax’s on energy, diving up the cost of everything from gasoline to the fuel used to heat your house this winter? This money will have to come from somewhere. They may sing a good song, but the fact is we are gonna be paying more in taxes somehow, somewhere. Even us little people.
I can almost understand the concept of government bailing out some of the businesses and industries here in America that find themselves in financial straits now. Also the banks and those Wall Street companies that found themselves up against the wall of failed government programs that pushed and prodded them into that very position. A big chunk of why we are where we are, or they are where they are, is because of government messing around where government didn’t belong in the first place.
But how much help is really help? How much more interference does government need to have in the workings of these businesses and industries? Might it not do more harm than good? The free enterprise system was supposed to be just that, free from government control. Can there be help without control? Minimal control anyway?
Our country was built with the sweat equity of the American people and the willingness to risk good money on good ideas backed with entrepreneurship and a faith in the good old American free enterprise system. Where good products succeeded and failed ideas failed. Where hard work and a willingness to risk was based on sound principles of supply and demand and reasonable expectation of a return on investment through actual growth. Not socially engineered concepts of obtaining something for nothing.
There is an old simple saying that well fits this problem and what has lead us to where we are instead of where we should be. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Somewhere along the line we started handing out fish when we should have just been supplying a little bit of bait to people that were truly in need. Instead of making loans available to those that couldn’t qualify for them we should have been giving the tools and ability to become qualified. If we were going to put up the money, (and believe me, we put up plenty of money) we should have been addressing the issues that caused the problems, not building artificial bridges over those problems, or giving handouts and validating excuses for needs instead of addressing those needs directly.
Now we are off on another bridge building mission, hoping to somehow get over the hole that we’ve dug for ourselves instead of trying to do what needs to be done to make the road smooth again. And we are borrowing the materials to bridge that gap by digging more holes in our future that one day, and probably only too soon, we’ll have to find a way over or through once again.
The free enterprise system worked wonderfully for years. America grew strong and proud and we lead the world for a good long while. But somewhere along the line we turned the keys to our economic engine over to the government and now we’ve run off into a deep ditch. We need to put Americas corporate structure and leadership back behind the wheel and let the American people steer for a while. We need to get government out of the way, instead of giving more control.
If some of these companies need a helping hand from the government so be it. But that hand should be only as necessary and for as short a time as possible. The government needs to be clearing the path head instead of trying to run the thing. This is the job of government after all, smoothing the way and optimizing and leveling the playing field for the people. It’s the people after all with the real expertise.
The thing I fear is however, the leadership we have in Washington has little or no faith in the American people. They think the answer to everything is bigger and more government. Taking more of your and my dollars to do for us what we should be doing for ourselves. They have forgotten the words of one of their favorite sons when it comes to the hand the government should have in all of this. “Ask not what your government can do for you, but what you can do for your government.”
We need to quit asking for the government to get us through these hard times. It’s the American people themselves that can get us through, and in doing so make this country, and in turn our government, better, stronger, and more capable to do the true job of government. That’s making us more equal, among fellow citizens of our own country, and around the world as the world truly is becoming smaller and its marketplace larger.
We can’t do that through socializing more and centralizing more and taking away more and more of the freedoms and liberties and the decision making and innovating abilities of the American people. The reverse is true. Entrepreneurship Rocks! We need to put more control back into the hands of the people. For in truth this country is supposed to be of the people, by the people, and for the people, in the first place.
Less government is best government.
It’s been proven time and time again that when the American people and its industry is allowed to thrive, then even the coffers of the government will thrive. To do that the government must give back to the people its freedom, its flexibility, its ability, and its resources.
Problems have always be best solved in America when its allowed the chance to solve its own problems.