The debt hawks are to economics as the creationists are to biology. Those, who do not understand Monetary Sovereignty, do not understand economics. Cutting the federal deficit is the most ignorant and damaging step the federal government could take. It ranks ahead of the Hawley-Smoot Tariff.
When people become frustrated and angry, they seek a focus for their anger. Often a scapegoat will do. It doesn’t matter whether the scapegoat is the primary cause of their anger, so long as a quasi-logical case can be made for the scapegoat’s culpability.
Aliens are frequent scapegoats, because the quasi-logical cases can be made that they take jobs from citizens, commit crimes, don’t pay taxes, and will mongrelize the true patriotic mores and beliefs of our fair nation. Minority religions (Jews in Germany, Christians in Muslim nations) are frequent scapegoats for all the above reasons and for fears of proselytizing, whether these fears are invented or real.
Air travelers become angry at the airline personnel behind the desk, though these workers seldom are at fault for the travelers’ problems. We get angry at that customer support guy in India, who neither understands, nor has the power to cure, our problems, when the real fault may lie with the president of the company he represents.
Today, people are angry and frustrated by the recession and the slowness of recovery. The Tea Party has used this anger to finger-point at “big government.” Yes, some of our political leaders are at fault. The ignorance about Monetary Sovereignty, surely has exacerbated, if not outright caused, the recession.
But the United States is a huge country, which has a huge government, and not all elements of our “big government” should be eliminated. We need the army. We need the roads and bridges our big government builds. Shall we eliminate the Medicare and Social Security paid for by our government? (No, FICA doesn’t pay for these programs. See: Ten Reasons to Eliminate FICA,) Shall we eliminate food inspection, drug inspection, weather forecasting, the Coast Guard, the FBI, the CIA, Homeland Security, the FDIC to insure our deposits or the SEC to supervise investing? Shall we eliminate the police and the fire department? Shall we eliminate all laws? There are more than 1,000 federal agencies and a thousand times that number of state and local agenies. Shall we eliminate them all, or just some of them, and if some of them, which?
Most rational people understand the need for a big country to have a big government. But for personal gain, the political parties have tapped into the irrational part of our psyches, and have condemned all federal initiatives as taking away our “freedoms.”
Yes, laws take away freedoms. You are not free to steal, murder, rape and pillage. To have a viable society, we give up many freedoms. It’s the tradeoff most of us willingly make.
Now, there are those who wish to eliminate the new health insurance program in its entirety. Why? Some say it is because of the requirement that everyone have health insurance. If you already have health insurance, this requirement doesn’t affect you. If you are poor or don’t have insurance because of a pre-existing condition, it doesn’t affect you, either. In fact, it affects only those few who either are so wealthy they can afford to be self insuring, or those who plan to cheat their doctor and hospital, when they need medical help. If you’re not in one of those two groups, you have no problem.
Or, are you merely standing on the principle that all government is bad, and whenever you see government you want to eliminate it? Is this vague, anarchist principle so powerful it overrides the needs of America’s millions who are too poor to afford health care insurance? Does your anarchist principle override the needs of Americans whose existing illness prevents them from obtaining insurance? Does your anarchist principle override the needs of Americans who lose their insurance because they have lost their jobs?
The “I-don’t-like-big-government” screamers really are saying, “I have mine and I don’t give a damn about anyone else. I want the freedom to do whatever I want, and the hell with you.” How ironic that these selfish “freedom only for me” people actually portray themselves as patriots and fly the flag at every opportunity. Some patriots they are.
Yes, like any organization, large or small, our government has good points and bad points. But to take out your spite on the health care law – to throw out the baby with the bathwater – is selfish, un-American and misguided. Anarchy is ugly.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth.