Statisme (Big Government)

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Statisme (Big Government)

Innlegg Panther 17 Feb 2011, 19:42

Doublespeak 102: Spending "Freeze" Means Spending Increases
14 February 2011 Michael Hurd

Our Big Government politicians’ solution is to throw money at every problem. In the process, they morally condemn those who created that money as “selfish” and even evil. Yet it’s that very evil they depend upon.

Obama's new budget, while calling for a phony "spending freeze" in actuality calls for spending increases in areas of education, biomedical research and high speed rail. This is because Obama judges these areas as important for the ability of the United States to stay competitive in a global economy.

Why does Obama get to decide this? And, if America cannot stay competitive without government funding in these areas -- then how can America be competitive in other areas? If government funds are needed to make sure high speed rail is developed, then this must mean the private sector would never provide it. But the private sector will provide anything consumers demand. Why? Because there's profit to be made in it.

The same applies even to biomedical research. A company stands to gain huge profit by making discoveries or developing treatments that will allow human beings to live longer and healthier lives. Why can only government provide this?

These are the issues underlying spending debates. Spending debates tend to boil down to: Is this spending worthwhile? Now, who could argue against biomedical research, other than a few religious conservatives who are obsessed with abortion and don't want stem-cell research? If the debate is held on those terms, of course spending for biomedical research will continue. The same applies to education. Education, to most people, means literacy, reason, science and enlightenment. What kind of anti-human moron would be against these things? Of course, vote "yes" for education.

Private spenders of money are trying to make a profit. They do this by pleasing as many customers as possible. Public do-gooders didn’t make that money; it’s not theirs, and they don’t treat it with the same respect and rationality that someone whose money it belongs to would.

Worse, the public do-gooders in office act as if that money is always going to keep flowing, even as the gradual nationalization of the economy has resulted in less and less economic growth. The lemon is running dry while government promises ever more billions – no, make that trillions – of gallons of lemonade, free for all.

Obama’s budget is the same-old same-old. Now let’s see if the Republicans in Congress really understand what “change” means.
Ken-G. Johansen.
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