Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Folly of Big Government

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In the last seven months, we've seen government expand at a rate greater than at any time in American history including WWII. We've added "czars" for capping spending limits on private business and czars for health care. Hell, we'll be seeing a "czar" to oversee all the other "czars" before too long.

We've seen a stimulus program tank when the proof is clear it wasn't ever needed and the country didn't even want. When a European nation leads the way on escaping recession by not spending money, one has to sit up and take note.

Anyway, we're now seeing a simple program designed by this administration to spur auto sales become so burdensome and expensive that those it was designed to assist may end up losing money and the government is forced to divert staffers from another, much more important agency, to help keep it running. Note, The One actually said that the Post Office was a great example of a government-run entity that was efficient and would be a model for how health care would be run:

So let's sum up, shall we? Obamacare is on the ropes because Americans like what we have and the costs would be incredible so they protest and are treated like vermin plus get dissed by their elected representatives. A nation known for a socialist bent spends no money and allows the markets to work themselves out is out of the recession while we are still deeply mired. And finally, we have a test program of small scale and little complexity that the government has turned into a quagmire due to incompetence and pure planning and they still expect us to support the largest, single program the nation has ever seen.

Matt Welch has the last word:

After 11 months of federal bailouts and freakouts, Americans have become bone tired of panicky power grabs from Washington. It's the big government, stupid.

The message of the various Tea Party protests, which predated this summer's ahistorical media panic over town hall "lynch mobs," has been pretty simple, says Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, the nonprofit that has helped organize the protests, told Reason magazine this spring. "It was: stop spending so much money, stop borrowing so much money, and stop bailing out people who were irresponsible."

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