Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Larger Picture: It Ain't ONLY the Spending, Stupid!

Zero is staying ahead of the curve.

...Political control is what’s killing us. It is expressed in hundreds of ways: high tax rates with carefully tailored exceptions, massive bailouts, laws rigged to favor government-controlled industries, restrictions on resource development, and a vast poppy field of subsidies and penalties. The Democrats have added thousands of pages of fabulously expensive legislation since Obama took office. Two messages echo through those pages: Obey and be rewarded. Resist and be punished.

...The devilish thing about control is that it blames all of its failures on its absence. The “stimulus” didn’t work because it was too small. The flabby and useless ObamaCare program just needs a few thousand more regulations to achieve perfection. Now that the State controls our health care, it owns our bodies, and the First Lady would like to have a word with us about our diet. The free market withers beneath the strain of its freedom, but politicians assure us they can chain it down and cure its ailments with a hundred more surgeries.

The nexus of High Spending and Complete Control is ironclad--you can't have one without the other, and they are self-perpetuating twin evils.

More and more, that 1992 observation from Grover Norquist emerges as THE issue over the next several years. The "Leave Us Alone" group has now been joined by the "It's the Spending, Stupid!" group.

And it will be almost impossible to stop the movement.


Billiam said...

You are more confident than I. I see multitudes who beg to be sheep of the State. Who want and believe that DC is there to take care of them. Nothing less than a cataclysmic event will change their collective minds. They've been programmed for years that big Government is the solution to every problem. It's like Pavlov ringing a bell. That kind of control is very hard to break.

neomom said...

It ain't perfect, but the Fair Tax would certainly get rid of the tens of thousands of pages of tax loopholes and a boatload of those favors.

Doc Zero is awesome.