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“Big government” is failing around the globe.

From Sacramento to Saudi Arabia , big, controlling, impersonal and coercive government is failing to fulfill the most basic human needs of the people it is purports to serve. And while scores of individuals around the world struggle to free themselves of “big government’s” shackles - some in the Middle East even losing their lives in the process - many of my fellow Americans have been gathering publicly and chanting and banging drums and carrying banners and demanding more of it.

It’s quite a spectacle to watch. And depending on whether the demonstration is in Columbus , or Cairo , the demands of the demonstrators can be different. But at the epicenter of their commotion is a common thread – the universal needs of all human beings, and the promises, and failures, of “big government.”

I put quotation marks around the words “big government” because, technically, the term doesn’t apply so well in certain parts of the world. It makes sense for us in the United States - we rightly juxtapose the term “big government” with “limited government,” or “small government.” That’s because in America we have a voice in how our government is structured, and over the course of our nation’s history the pendulum has swung in both directions between a limited government that controls less of our private affairs, and a “big government” that controls more.

But in Libya there hasn’t been a pendulum to swing between “big government” and “limited government.” There has simply been government - Muammar Gaddafi and his band of thugs who do the “ruling,” and the citizenry are “the ruled.”

Oh sure, there has been one of the “chambers” of Libya ’s legislative body where members are supposedly “elected” from among the governed. But there is no reason to believe that Libyan elections have been held freely and accurately, and no reason to believe that those who get “elected” can defy or contradict the demands of Mr. Gaddafi (frequently spelled “Kadafi”), a man who acquired his position by means of a political coup.

The phoniness of “elections” in Libya is as bad as the 2009 re-election of Ahmadinejad in Iran . And the elections of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez in 1999, and former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak in 1981 bare significant resemblance as well – both characters were “elected,” yes, but then substantively changed the laws of their governments so they could hang on to power indefinitely.

But look at all that is, and is not going on in these nations. Mubarak has been removed after nearly thirty years. Kadafi is on the run (if, indeed, he is still alive). Chavez can’t seize enough radio and tv stations and kill enough of his countrymen in the streets of Caracas to quell the discontent over his failed socialistic economy. Even King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia can’t silence the youth-led uprising in his country, and has chosen to extend some $35 billion worth of “hand outs” as a short-term “fix.”

So what are we to make of this? For one, the turmoil of these countries demonstrates that the natural state of the human soul is a state of freedom. People are not content to merely “vote” every once in a while. They want a say in how they are governed, yes, but they also want the freedom to engage their god-given talents, and to improve their lives. They may acquiesce and be passive in the face of dictators and “put up with it” for a while, and may even for a time believe the claims of rulers who promise peace and provision. But younger generations in Venezuela , Saudi Arabia , Iran , Egypt and Libya have always known the failures of “big government,” and they’re willing to take enormous risks – in some cases even risking their very lives – to pursue freedom.

Secondly, we should note that when the force of government is utilized to concentrate wealth in the hands of a few, the few will stop at nothing to hang-on. Venezuela and Libya and Saudi Arabia have been good for Chavez and Kadafi and King Abdullah (yet not so good for everybody else). Similarly, the incestuous relationship between American politicians and government employee unions is good for the politicians and the union members – politicians give union members what they want and union members vote to re-elect their union-loving politicians – but it’s bad for the taxpayer who ultimately pays the bill.

Ultimately, “big government” produces sluggish and un-productive economies. And the lack of economic productivity leads to civil unrest. It’s a vicious cycle that has got the world in a tailspin right now.

“Big government” is failing, around the globe and here at home. Will America make a better choice going forward?

http://townhall.com/columnists/austinhill/2011/02/27/have_you_noticed_that_big_government_is_failing_everywhere/page/full/
 

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Probably would have helped if you read the article. The problem with the left... is you think in terms in social status. If you are not equal to everyone else... you are being subjugated. You bring Mother Jones in here, once again... without the understanding of who and what that organization stands for. Marxism is alive and well in America... you just don't call it that anymore.

The lack of self awareness by some on the left... is astounding.
 

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So is small government...

So are theocracies...

So are despots...

What do they ALL have in common?

No middle class, a very small group of people with all the money, and a large angry young poor population.

Sound familiar?

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/united-states/income-gap-widening-among-rich-and-poor-says-report-51929.html
That's because a middle class is not a natural product of humans living together. For nearly all of human history, every person was either rich or poor. Middle class is a non-natural product of capitalism mixed with democracy. But a necessary ingredient for it to exist and prosper is booming economic activity. We have had that for nearly 100 years in the USA, but the economy is lagging for many reasons, and the middle is suffering. We can't rebuild the conditions that led to our 100 year boom. That happened because we were technologically far superior to the rest of the world. That is no longer true. I am optimistic that we will get over our longing for the past and adapt to the new reality. When we do, our middle class will prosper again.
 

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Are you rich or are you poor ? You are neither. What "class" does that put you in, then ?
 

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Are you rich or are you poor ? You are neither. What "class" does that put you in, then ?
I am in the middle. I didn't say the middle class didn't exist presently. I said they are suffering from the economic downturn. My point was that there is no human right to have a middle class. Our system created one with a system that encouraged entrepreneurship and profit. Now the left is making those things out to be evil because they sometimes result in someone getting rich. They would rather see us all poor than to have a handfull of rich people.:crazy: One thing that is for damned sure. Try as you might, you can't develop a system where everyone is middle class. It's been tried many times and always ends up with everyone except a few leaders living in misery.
 

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That was for Tsavo.
 

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class warfare is killing this country, You don't have a right to wealth. Just the freedom to pursue it.
 

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I recommend that everyone of my soldiers, and everyone I know to read the books by Robert kiyosaki. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Kiyosaki His books are a complete eye opener about finance, investing, and wealth. If more people actually thought like this, our economy would be in a much better place.
 

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I recommend that everyone of my soldiers, and everyone I know to read the books by Robert kiyosaki. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Kiyosaki His books are a complete eye opener about finance, investing, and wealth. If more people actually thought like this, our economy would be in a much better place.
Dave Ramsey is another good "wealth" guru. His primary idea is to live debt free so that our investment profis aren't offset by interest costs. If you aren't paying a ton of interest, you have more to invest - so you get richer quicker. Not to mention the lower stress of being debt free. Unfortunately, he came along too late in my life to do any good. But my 27 year old daughter is taking his stuff to heart.
 

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Thomas Sowell. Applied Economics. Thinking Beyond Stage One.

Also, The economics and politics of race.
 

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I am in the middle. I didn't say the middle class didn't exist presently. I said they are suffering from the economic downturn. My point was that there is no human right to have a middle class. Our system created one with a system that encouraged entrepreneurship and profit. Now the left is making those things out to be evil because they sometimes result in someone getting rich. They would rather see us all poor than to have a handfull of rich people.:crazy: One thing that is for damned sure. Try as you might, you can't develop a system where everyone is middle class. It's been tried many times and always ends up with everyone except a few leaders living in misery.
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I've been working sents I was 14 years old. At my high I was makeing about 70K a year. All along knowing a medical comdition I have would put a end to my ability to work. I had no choice but to get on SSDI in 2007. I now live on $2,200 a month witch is less then what my weekly take home used to be. Still I try to do what I can by running my owen lil property maintence business putting some food on my table.
I do have acsess to the department of rehab. I tried everything to get help to get my business going better and or start another that would be better for me in my condition. Then not only could I get off the system but enploy a few ppl too. NO! Sorry. We don't help with self enployment. I could get free training and job placement at the local Wal-Mart though. Then I would only take hm $600 - $800 a month if that.
No thanks! Hard enough to raise a teenager with only $2,200 a mo. as it is.

FYI My credit sucks only due to high co-pays for medical. No loans hear.

If the goverment dep. of rehab. would help with self enployment then many would again be paying taxes instead of taxing our system even more.
 

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No middle class except the last 100 years? :laughing: There are history books available.. :lookinup:
It depends on what you want to call middle. yes, Europe had something resembling a middle class over several hundred years. But in reality, it was a small owner class who owned all of the businesses and property, and everybody else, who was dirt poor. But a prosperous middle class making up 50% or more of a country's population is pretty much a modern entity. According to Wikipedia, the term "middle class" is hard to define because it has had so many different usages. But the modern idea of middle class was first used in 1911. That would be - oh --- about 100 years ago. :laughing:

"The modern sociological usage of the term "middle class", however, dates to the 1911 UK Registrar-General's report, in which the statistician T.H.C. Stevenson identified the middle class as that falling between the upper class and the working class. Included as belonging to the middle class are professionals, managers, and senior civil servants. The chief defining characteristic of membership middle class is possession of significant human capital."
 

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I recommend that everyone of my soldiers, and everyone I know to read the books by Robert kiyosaki. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Kiyosaki His books are a complete eye opener about finance, investing, and wealth. If more people actually thought like this, our economy would be in a much better place.
Good books. I live by them. Met him a few times. (2 or 3) Sat in lectures and seminars he spoke at. Good guy.
 
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