Raze Government, Donít ĎReformí It
R. Cort Kirkwood
by R. Cort Kirkwood
one understands government and the managerial elite that runs it,
nearly every utterance from every prattling politician sounds patently
politicians and their hirelings, the bureaucrats, claim special
knowledge of the answer to this woe or that affliction. Only they
can provide the palliative. Both cannot be right, and indeed both
are always wrong.
it was with our presidentís recent assertion that the economy is
"showing signs of promise," and his pledge to break bread
with the looters in Congress to help keep the promise.
was as if John Gotti promised to stop crime with the help of his
Gambino family. It rings hollow.
in Kansas City, Mo., the clairvoyant president told the audience
how Americans feel because "our economy is starting to grow
are feeling more confident," he divined, and "I am determined
to work with the United States Congress to turn these hopeful signs
into lasting growth and greater prosperity and more jobs."
first reaction to that should be "Heaven help Us," but
anyway, Bush also included this cloudy remark: "Our military
campaigns and the war on terror have cost our treasury and our economy,
yet they have prevented greater costs."
someone familiar with the empty lacunae of the Bush brain would
know what he meant by "greater costs," but be assured
he wasnít thinking of the men needlessly maimed and killed since
the war in Iraq "ended" in May.
are "lesser" costs.
Politicians Are Statists
back to the economy and what politicians and bureaucrats "should
do about it."
believe government can manage the economy. They endlessly debate
arcane policies that no one understands or cares about. The cant
about "programs," and why this one works or why that one
doesnít, never ends. Both claim a monopoly on the invention of policies
and programs that "work."
they donít work. Otherwise, the bureaucrats, along with many of
the economics and political writers at newspapers, would be jobless.
And presidents wouldnít need to boost our morale with talk of "promising
signs" coddled with more "reforms." National prosperity
wildly fluctuates because government policy is volatile and cosmically
stupid, and where it manipulates the economy in one area it inevitably
and adversely affects another.
can warble about the "promising" economy and "stimulating"
tax cuts all he wants. But a free-market economy cannot operate
properly with Leviathanís socialist controls, meaning the punitive
taxes, subsidies and regulatory apparatus that supposedly "help"
modern conservative Republican, like the liberal Democrat, is an
unswerving statist at best and open socialist at worst. Where the
Democrats talk about fairness and promise welfare for their constituency
of freeloaders, Republicans talk about prosperity and promise tax
cuts for their constituency of subsidized plutocrats.
agree on one thing: Government must plan the economy.
Medicare debate and hysterics after the blackout across the Northeast
are two recent examples. Surprisingly, no one called for nationalizing
electric power outright, although reforms will creep in that direction.
all debates, Bush and his GOP are a more treacherous enemy because
they claim to work for beleaguered taxpayers. Republicans talk tax
cuts, then exclude the other side of the equation: dismantling government.
only that will give us what we want and need: a prosperous free-market
shouldnít be reformed; it should be razed.
columnist R. Cort Kirkwood [send
him mail] is managing editor of the Daily News-Record
in Harrisonburg, Va.
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