Having just suffered through this morning’s presidential press conference loaded with campaign rhetoric about the need to “invest in the future” and raise more taxes for another round of recovery spending - to steer the economy toward artificial prosperity - WE reflect that what’s unhinged is the delusional theory that it’s government’s job to manage and steer the private sector at all.
As one local Whatcom blog often asks - WE'd like to know: “Which article of the constitution gives government the authority to do that?”
Let us be perfectly clear. The constitution was written by the founders to restrain the natural instincts of tyrants and crackpots. Thomas Jefferson said, "The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits."
WE recognize the need for (self-) government. That is, to provide universal basic services and sane regulation. And it would follow that regulation and the cost of government should be proportionate and appropriate to those limited duties.
We know that government does not produce anything. The private sector and the free market are the buyers and the builders, the makers and employers, and the generators of goods and services. Individual demand and a responsive free market make the economy tick, and drives innovation.
With the national debt at $14,638,661,000,000+, it is inane for citizens to rely on government – distant or local -- to oversee every dimension of our technology and our behavior, under the broad cover of the constitution’s commerce clause.
Doubt not that illiberal control freaks have a tight grip on the rudder, and most don't mind if America's private self-regulating economy slips even farther down the Index of Economic Freedom than it has already.
We can’t afford the costs related to more "economic stimulus." We can’t afford the foolish meddling. And we most certainly can’t lose the personal liberty that’s being tied to the tail of this donkey. A lot of people share these sentiments, expressed in this video.
What say you?