How Much is the Government Worth?

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Someone once said that if you make the Government responsible for something, you give them the power. That power is hard to revoke. The recent few years have revealed to what extent this assertion is true. What with Tarp and stimulus packages; and how we expect to make the poor rich by making the rich poor. It just doesn’t make sense. But now that the Government considers itself to be the custodian of the economy, it seems likely that a solution which injects optimism, entrepreneurial initiative and investment is out of reach for the ponderous bureaucratic morass that has  taken upon itself to run the economy.

 

If we expect government to provide the solutions for us, then we should be able to look to it for ideas and leadership. At the very least we would expect it to set an example and to demonstrate how to conduct matters that are concerned with the welfare of the country as a whole. If the government does not trust the private sector to identify market opportunities and exploit potential for profit so as create demand and promote employment, then what does the government expect it to do instead? What we have seen is just the opposite. Irresponsibility and disregard for any accountability to “We the people” – their employer, who pays their Salary. Who said a corporation (in this case the U.S. Federal Government) is not real people?

What we have observed from the top down is a total disregard for the responsibilities expected regarding conduct, responsibility, character and accountability of those entrusted with the nation’s wealth and the affairs of the people. Instead we find what can be described as a ship without a rudder. We see a “First Family” that enjoys frequent, extravagant vacations around the world, and more golfing on the part of a President than many can remember. When challenged by the media in this regard, President Obama side-steps the question and explains, to those who already know, that he must follow the prescribed security measures. Huh?

Our attention has continually been diverted by the “lame-stream” media from the current ongoing Congressional investigation into the “fast and furious” arms scandal. We hear that government officials are not providing satisfactory co-operation in that investigation. It seems that many wonder whether the actions leading to “Fast and Furious” were a deliberate attempt to blame the present gun laws for the flood of arms over the Southern Border. It sure seems, at this stage, that politicians are attempting to use the government for their own purpose, irrespective of what “We the People” really require.

Then there is the case of the immoral and irresponsible conduct of the members of the presidential security detail. Need I say more? I have heard news commentators refusing to condemn the morals of the perpetrators, but criticize only the threat to security. Really? What does that say about the moral character of those journalists? What character traits can one expect of people with great responsibility that show weakness in their moral character? Would those weaknesses apply only to their morals? What about the image of the United States? What control do “We the People” have over a government like that? What does that say about our faith in that kind of government?

The GSA scandal? We hear on the grapevine that there is a good possibility the activities of that government department are just the tip of the iceberg; that much more is about to be discovered regarding accountability of civil servants. One hopes not, but if that is true, the signs of a great need for total government reform seems important. The excesses of the GSA display an alarming lack of ability or inclination to control costs and keep to budget. One wonders how efficiently the activities in carrying out the prescribed purpose and expectations of that department have been. There seems to be a sinister disregard for the well-being of the people they serve – their employer, the tax-payer. No wonder all they can think of in Washington DC is the revenue!

One hears so many politicians express the need for government to do something to promote economic revival and growth. Anybody with the most rudimentary knowledge of economics should be able to see that the best thing the government can do to promote economic stimulus is to for them to do NOTHING. The government should withdraw all its stifling controls and interference with how trade and commerce thrive. I have heard economists on the radio and TV intimate that the economy is poised to grow. Why doesn’t it? The government is trying too hard. If one has a dam of potential that is needed – all one has to do is open the dam. They should just open the gate and let the economy do what it must. The economy is not a science. It is human behavior. Allow freedom to grow and it will release the potential. Any presidential hopeful that does not follow that principle should be found suspect. A candidate for the presidency should articulate and deliver a plan for economic growth that leaves the government out of the picture as far as possible.

Overall, for years now, talk of reducing the size of government and of pruning the activities of the Federal government has been heard. If we can reduce the activities of the Federal government to the duties laid out by the founding fathers, and leaving the rest to the people; what a huge difference we would see in the cost and efficiency of government. Civil servants who have no inclination to conduct themselves on a level commensurate with their professional responsibilities have nothing to offer. This administration seems to have no rudder and a captain that is driven by idealism. He and his team are unconcerned regarding realities. This government must go. Talk about change!

Certainly a government that has demonstrated that it has no control over the activities of officials, nor over expenditure; and has not passed a budget in the entire time that it has been in power, cannot be regarded as competent to run the country’s economy. It is time to call those responsible to account. We can start that process on November 6, 2012.

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