Our current government is a Democrat one. The executive branch, so massive now that our founders wouldn’t recognize it, is 98.5 percent of the government measured by number of employees. The senior body of Congress is also run by Democrats. This government spent its first four years telling America the economy is getting better and anything going badly is Bush’s fault in any event. As the Bush shtick stopped selling as well it became time for a new bogeyman: the Tea Party, which is represented by maybe 10 percent of our Congress.
The economy is a mess because we are adding 100,000-plus pages of new regulations a year, reducing incentives to produce, and increasing the rewards of failure. Take health care — the problem was that it was too expensive. The administration’s fix: let’s make it cheaper by adding 100,000 bureaucrats to the industry payroll and reducing the supply of medical services by driving medical providers out of business. That defies common sense and reminds me of what has happened to education.
The AFN recently ran a guest column from a community organizer complaining about education and how poverty is at record levels and needs to be fixed. After five years of Democratic leadership, poverty and government spending to address it is at record levels. Let that sink in. His suggested fix is more voter participation, more diversity, more justice, and new understanding. In case you didn’t know, that’s your tax dollars at work coming up with this drivel.
I hope that community organizer took the time to read the rest of AFN that day. It told of an expanding pet care business, of church involvement to fight homelessness, and of local high school athletes competing to be the best. These are things that fight poverty — a well executed business idea, non-coerced charity, and reward for achievement. Feel good talk, 100,000s of pages of regulations, and billions of dollars inefficiently allocated to politicians’ friends and politicized community groups have tanked the economy … not lack of diversity and voter participation levels.
The AFN would do the community’s collective intelligence a great service by, instead of pointing at largely powerless scapegoats, running a cartoon in every edition about what’s going to happen when interest rates return to historical averages and servicing the national debt consumes ALL of our income tax dollars.