How the Government Controls, Ruins Our Lives
by John Seiler: Will
California Repudiate Its Debt?
It was just
last June in this space that I reviewed Nullification, by
Thomas Woods. It showed how, over the course of American history,
states and citizens successfully thwarted federal usurpations of
power. It since has become a guidebook used in many state capitols.
Now comes the
prolific Woods' latest: Rollback:
Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse.
It's broader in scope, taking on the whole government that minutely
controls, and ruins, our lives.
how, as he puts it, "the federal government has, in fact, been
an enemy of the people's welfare, and that the progress in our living
standards has occurred in spite of its efforts. [The government]
pits individuals, firms, industries, regions, races and age groups
against each other in a zero-sum game of mutual plunder. It takes
credit for improvements in material conditions that we, in fact,
owe to the private sector, while refusing to accept responsibility
for the countless failures and social ills to which its own programs
have given rise."
most accurate description of the federal government that I've ever
an economic and social "crash" that is inevitable: By
2020, according to the Congressional Budget Office, interest payments
on the national debt will be $925 billion a year assuming
the economy recovers, which it might not.
for Medicare are $96.5 trillion. Of that, $19.4 trillion comes from
Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program imposed by President
George W. Bush, whom some still call a "conservative."
The debt the
federal government has run up in our name is $200 trillion, according
to Boston University economist Lawrence Kotlikoff, who thinks some
relatively painless reforms could improve matters. "The truth
is, there are no such reforms," counters Woods. "If there
were, they would have been implemented long ago." That $200
trillion comes down to $64,516 owed by every American, even babies
shows how the massive military spending of recent decades has debilitated
the economy by diverting scarce production from consumer goods,
much as happened to the old Soviet Union. The end of the Cold War
in 1989 saw a small decline in defense spending. But that was reversed
after 9/11. He details how the machine-tool industry's heavy reliance
on Pentagon contracts severely retarded its ability to innovate
in producing advanced machines, allowing first the Europeans, then
the Japanese to dominate that sector. Woods warns that "the
more an industry caters to the Pentagon, the less it makes production
with the civilian economy in mind."
I think Woods
is right in predicting that the out-of-control federal government
is driving the country off a cliff. He acknowledges that reform
will be difficult, but puts forth a few ideas which, if combined
and acted upon, could prevent disaster. Some of them: Allow people
to opt out of the Social Security and Medicare schemes, which are
going broke. Instead of haggling over cutting every item in a budget,
just cut everything across-the-board by as high a percentage as
of the dollar by the Federal Reserve Board detailed in this
book should be checked by allowing Americans to use any currency
they wish for their transactions; or use gold, silver or some other
commodity. Promote state nullification of repressive federal laws.
Pass a constitutional amendment allowing any federal law to be repealed
by a two-thirds vote of the states. That's a start. He has many
Roll back the
government? Yeah roll it all the way back.
from the Orange County Register.
Seiler [send him
mail], an editorial writer with The Orange County
Register for 19 years, is a reporter and analyst for CalWatchDog.com.
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