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October 14, 2009

Assault on Capitalism II: Internal Threats

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 8:15 pm
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Remember our definition of Socialism from the other day?  If not, basically socialism is when the central government owns or controls all of the wealth in a country.  Well, anyone that says our government hasn’t been moving toward a socialist model hasn’t been paying attention over the last year or a little more.  According to William Boyes, an economist with Arizona State University, the government now controls 30-40% of private business profits.  The only link I could find for it that seemed to be credible news is from the Washington Times here.  Whether you believe Mr. Boyes or not, or the Washington Times or now the fact remains that the government owns quite a few large businesses.  I first heard this stat this morning while listening to Glenn Beck.  Michelle Bachman went on to say that if the government passed health care and cap and trade it could push the percentage over 50%.  I couldn’t find anything about the last part, and of course that could all be debatable.  It would all depend on the effect a public option, if passed, would have on private insurance, how much of a tax burden private insurers would have to shoulder, and how much of a tax burden business would have to pay for insurance.  Regardless of the debate, the government controlling even 1% of private business profits is 1% too much.

Not only does is the constitution completely devoid of any reference to the government owning businesses, it’s just plain common sense.  Imagine if you will the complex idiocy of it all.  Our tax dollars went to bail out GM, effectively giving control of over half of the business to the government.  The government has a say, through the ‘Pay Czar’, about how much GM employees can make.  The government has control of how the business is run by having appointed the CEO of GM.  Essentially the government is offering you a product, and making a profit from it.  Don’t forget you also pay a sales tax on that vehicle, which then goes to the government.  You might think, “Well, that money, profit and taxes go back to us through the government”.  You would be wrong though.  Remember when they said all that bailout money would get paid back and then go into the treasury to pay down the debt?  Yeah, I do too, but our buddy Barney Frank and his goons want to take those profits and put them into their own little pet projects.  So basically they took our money, without really asking.  Oh, I know they voted, they were elected, blah blah blah.  The majority of the people didn’t want the bailouts, but Washington said, “It’s ok, we have to do this.  We know better than you, but don’t worry, it will all get paid back and the government will make a profit, and we will pay down the debt, and lie, Lie, LIE!!!”

It’s time we open our eyes, and our friends eyes, and our neighbor’s eyes.  Our government isn’t hiding the fact that they don’t care about us anymore.  Politicians are blatantly defying their constituents.  They are blatantly ignoring the people who are supposed to be in charge according to our constitution.  They took that document down off their walls a long time ago and wiped their backsides with it.  Time for us to staple it to their foreheads.

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  1. We’re being taxed just to pay the salaries of government workers tasked with making sure we pay our taxes. I give government the American Redundancy Award for Redundant Americans.

    Government is, in my opinion, and always will be oppressive at any level. I’ve often attempted to quantify what might be considered the perfect balance between government and freedom. In a philosophical sense, the most perfect sort of freedom might resemble anarchy. With no governing body in place, there are no legal repercussions for any individual’s actions. Any person’s actions are rooted solely in the individual desire without consideration of consequence. Of course, this means that each individual is responsible for his own protection. Wealth is obtained through trade without obstacle or interruption.

    At the opposite end, exists a much darker world where there is no sense of the individual, and perfect oppression. The idea of citizenry might be absent, as people are considered little more than subjects of whatever group possesses superior armament and is dictating at the moment. This society would be devoid even of the idea of taxation, as wealth and possessions are absent for all but a very select few. Here, law is not the effect of arguing voices compromising, finally reaching some agreement, instead it is at the whim of those select few.

    I’m certainly sure that the modern west has not seen an example of the former in quite some time. I’ve graduated to the opinion that the United States, as founded, was much closer to the perfect freedom society. But, as we see now, this was short-lived. Sadly, various diluted varieties of the latter have been seen even today, such as North Korea and Soviet Russia. Of course, neither are the “perfect” of their respective forms, but I’m not sure that those perfect forms have ever existed on any large scale. (Though, a possible example is the once widespread practice of slavery)

    As the US government continues to grow, it is requiring an incredible sacrifice of wealth from its citizens. Government can’t simply maintain its size, it is a seemingly ever-growing monster that has found its breadth static only during very brief periods. It dismays me that there are populations actually demanding this growth. At some point, the monster will grow to an unsustainable size and, in respect to your post, begin devouring the wealth that enabled its own growth, and its fingers, like air, reaching into every aspect of our lives.

    It’s sad, really. And it’s the reason that I drink so heavily.

    On a related, historical, note here’s an artical by Amity Shlaes: http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110010281. Shlaes is the author of “The Forgotten Man”, which is an incredible read concerning The Great Depression and the FDR administration. Related to my rant above is the fact that members of the FDR administration openly admitted their admiration for communism, socialism, and its variants. It is fitting that Rex Tugwell was a beloved (incredibly) leftist member, as well as a professor at Obama’s Columbia.

    Sometimes I feel like a Schecter Brothers’ chicken…

    Comment by IsaacD — October 15, 2009 @ 12:04 am | Reply

  2. It is amazing that people credit FDR with bringing us out of the Great Depression, and with reshaping this country. There are many economists that believe that the Depression was extended because of FDR’s programs, and unemployment was outrageously high for many years after the financial upswing.

    You make a very good point about balance, and even our founders predicted what might happen should government stray from the constitution. Because it happened so slowly, people haven’t really noticed, but now it’s hard to ignore how little our government resembles the entity that our founders considered a ‘necessary evil’.

    Wow, searching for one of the quotes about government and taxes I found one where Jefferson says that a sales tax is a bad thing.

    “For example. If the system be established on basis of Income, and his just proportion on that scale has been already drawn from every one, to step into the field of Consumption, and tax special articles in that, as broadcloth or homespun, wine or whiskey, a coach or a wagon, is doubly taxing the same article. For that portion of Income with which these articles are purchased, having already paid its tax as Income, to pay another tax on the thing it purchased, is paying twice for the same thing; it is an aggrievance on the citizens who use these articles in exoneration of those who do not, contrary to the most sacred of the duties of a government, to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens.”
    Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, April 6, 1816

    Well anyway, like you said, there is a delicate balance, and we the people are the pivot point. We are the caretakers of that balance and we have been asleep at the wheel for a long time. It’s time to wake up before it’s too late.

    Comment by disgruntledpatriot — October 15, 2009 @ 8:56 am | Reply


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