War was no match for America. Our industrial base and leadership supplied material and manpower to supply an overwhelming Army to defeat foes far better prepared in the beginning than us. In just a few months we recovered from grave attack and soon went on the offence. Fighting enemies in both Europe, Africa, and Asia. Crushing those enemies.
Sure, we had help to defeat Germany, Italy, and Japan. But who sent the huge amounts of supplies to our allies necessary to win the fight? We did.
And here at home we achieved the highest possible standard of living, creating and building and achieving feats near impossible. Why? Because our government knew well that if its gave support to the people and was a facilitator great things could and would be done. America soared, because Americans were free to reach for the stars and go for the gold. There seemed that there was nothing we, through free enterprise, couldn’t accomplish.
Even in times of setbacks, a cold war, Sputnik…, America sucked in its gut and got down to business and overcame. John F. Kennedy issued a challenge and American industry rose to meet it. In ten short years hundreds if not thousands of American companies joined forced to innovate and create and send American men all the way to the Moon. And if we can accomplish that, what can’t we do?
But, somewhere somehow someone got the idea that government needed to step in and see that things we prim and proper. And probably with good reason, humans are humans after all. We are a great, yet imperfect country. Many here didn’t get to share in that ’American Dream’ that most were living. So, rightly regulations and policies were put into place to smooth the rocky road which freedom truly is. That was only proper.
Regulation requires bureaucracy. Bureaucracy breeds regulation. Regulation, by its very nature, limits.
America is a Republic, and a Republic is built upon Laws. It’s a natural, yet ironic, side effect of a nation built upon laws to also gather itself an abundance of regulations to go with those laws. Ironic, because a nation built on laws shouldn’t require much intervention, and regulations by there very action is intervention.
Over the course of the last, say fifty some odd years, we’ve see a huge surge in bureaucracy and the ensuing regulations that go with it. Naturally these regulations have a limiting effect on free enterprise. They change the values and the return on effort.
Something else that budded and bloomed over that last fifty some odd years was what I like to call the social sciences. Up rose the “sociologist”. Good at heart and good of intention these people were a natural fit with bureaucrats. Placing sociologists into positions within a bureaucracy is a whole lot like placing foxes into henhouses. Foxes do need food, and chickens need their population kept in check… and that’s about all the good that typically can be said for the arraignment. The results elsewhere are often going to be much the same.
One should note that creating bureaucracies during this time period was a rather easy feat. We’d just come off of WWII and Korea, and Armies are nothing if not huge bureaucracies, so there were plenty of experts in the field readily available.
What kept it all in check though was Russia. More specifically the U.S.S.R. Yep, our dislike of communism and socialist in general kept our own government from getting too big and too powerful, and out of much of the business of Americans going about the business of America. Regulations were kept more in the line of general rules to play by, and regulators more umpires of fairness. Business thrived.
However, more and more, public policy found its way into business policy, and again with noble intentions and very good reasons. The field of play wasn’t level for all Americans and government sought to even up the field of play. Many regulations were good things. Some weren’t. That’s a whole different subject than what this is about however. I’ll save that for another time.
Government being government and bureaucracies being bureaucracies, the art of legislating policy and manipulating business to suit different goals and desires became the forte of Washington. Especially Washington on the democrat side of the aisle.
Policies and programs were put in place that touched almost every product made in the USA. It was as if Washington wanted to leave no stone unturned in having its hand in the business of America. Yes, both sides of the aisle had there hand in it. Yet one side was far more willing to limit, change, and just generally interfere with the American free enterprise system. Social issues and special interests took smooth over the democrat party. It was no longer about “Of the people, By the People, For the People” but “Government over the People, For the People.” Big Brother knew best. (That’s socialism)
Communism fell pretty much twenty years ago now for the most part. Many, it seems, don’t remember much about our fight against communism and socialism, putting it into the context of fighting the Vietnamese in Vietnam. They remember something about the Slovakia’s and such, and China… but China’s kinda our friend aren’t they. Cuba’s communist, but isn’t that all about Castro? Dictators… that isn’t socialism is it? Those are just nut jobs, right? So… many don’t have a clue as to what socialism is and what it means. Some of it sounds so good, too. But… it doesn’t work.
People want to hear how good they’ll have it and what all great things are planned for them and all. And the drumbeat of those big old rich folks not paying there fair share supplies the rhythm to the feely good message of upping taxes on’em to pay for it all. Thing is, they are already paying for just about all of it now… Only truth is, they don’t pay, you do. They pass those taxes right on down to you. (You can call them PRICE INCREASES)
The problems our country faces right now stems from governments intervention in the market place almost exclusively. You can blame greedy Wall Streeter’s all you want, but the reason they had the ability to do what they did was because government created the means. They just took what the government handed them and ran with it.
You can blame the Detroit Automakers for Detroit’s problems too, but they never forced the first person to buy a Hummer or four door 4WD monster truck. But they were told just exactly how to make them in hundreds of regulated ways. And government shouldn’t mandate gas mileage, consumer demand should. Government should be honest with fuel supplies and get out of the way of production and then the market will control and create the rest. Be that new types of fuel, or sizes of vehicles.
Business has always thrived when it sought its way via the marketplace. Government manipulation of the marketplace and regulation of products and supply hinders development of desirable products and innovations. It stifles the free enterprise system and weakens us as a country. We’re seeing that baby birthed right now.
Government set up through manipulation and regulation a program of lending that was doomed from the start. Bill Clinton can whine and cry all he wants but his hand was very much in the problems we face today. Barack Obama too, for he was right there on the front lines fighting to have this very system of failure put into place. In fact, the roots of our current economic catastrophe are held in the policies of democrats stretching back to at least the sixties. Many democrats now stutter and stumble and protest, but this is their baby.
Today, through some twist of fate or irony, the very group that got us into this mess is charged with getting us out of it. Sadly however, they want to fix the mess created by misguided and socialist policies by creating even more misguided and socialist programs. Problems brought on by a big cumbersome bureaucratic government sought to be cured by even bigger and more cumbersome bureaucracy government? Astonishingly, that‘s their plan. They are adding huge debt to the backs of the workers of America, already burdened by an intrusive government bent on control and regulations that limits the very enterprise that keeps it afloat.
Who out there among us thinks government can build a better car? (Quick, name that Russian dream ride.) How many other industries will they get their hands in? How many banks? Retirement plans? Energy companies? Healthcare? And under what Constitutional authority does it get that ability?
All government should be about in the first place is leveling the playing field and smoothing the way. Not giving directions and placing limits and such. If Congress really wanted to fix what’s wrong with our country right now it could do so very easily. It could just get out of the way. American entrepreneurship and free enterprise can do anything, that I truly believe. It got us to the moon didn’t it?