September 29, 2016

One softball that Donald Trump missed in Monday’s debate was to point out that the economic plan Hillary Clinton is so proud of could be boiled down to the same failed liberal formula: tax/spend/regulate. She’s got a long list of giveaways, from free college tuition to paid family leave. And she’ll create thousands of “green jobs” with clean energy subsidies for building solar panels. She’ll reinvigorate the economy with stimulus spending (where have we heard all this before?) And where will the money come from? No worries: she’ll just make the rich pay their “fair share.” Considering that the top 20% of earners already pay 84% of all incomes taxes, I’m not sure how raising that would be “fair;” but then, we conservatives, unlike liberals and five-year-olds, don’t build our lives around the false premise that life is “fair.”

Nowhere in any of that litany of tried-and-failed government cheese that’s given us a $20 trillion national debt is there any consideration of the idea of Washington doing LESS. No, Washington will micromanage everything from policing every businesses’ pay scales to giving sensitivity training to local cops. To liberals like Hillary, the solution to every problem is always more government and more federal spending. Never mind that a study last year by the New York Federal Reserve found that the increase in college tuition was driven almost entirely by federal college loan subsidies, with every dollar of extra federal spending on subsidies being matched by an average 65-cent increase in tuition.

“But hold on, you hard-hearted conservative! Surely, you aren’t suggesting that the government actually cut some of this spending?! Why, people would starve, there would be riots in the streets, dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!”

Or maybe not. It turns out one government actually did once eliminate an entire field of federal subsidies (not our government, of course). During a fiscal crunch in the 1980s, New Zealand did away with long-entrenched farm subsidies. To cushion the blow, government-dependent farmers were offered aid in shifting to another line of work. Only about one percent took it. It was a rough transition, but farmers quickly learned to cut costs, diversify and boost production. Today, New Zealand is a world leader in agricultural exports without government interference (read more about this extraordinary story at the link).

While nobody is suggesting that the US eliminate farm subsidies, this might at least serve as an object lesson that trying to fit everyone with a set of government crutches isn’t necessarily helpful. It might just be keeping them from standing on their own two feet.

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    12/30/2016 05:43 PM

    Do you recall that ALL THOSE Public employees was by Exe. Order of JFK when his Father was ill and could not go to get Union Support? Today, obvious it's time is far past. You worked a long time, I worked a long time. I get $1728 in SS, as those Public Employees now determine which quarters they will use. The same ones who only work 20 years to get full pension of the highest pay of any year, plus medical largely. Personal time off, sick days, double time, triple time and most of us are plain sick about it. When a "vector specialist", AKA gopher catcher with City of LV parks is being paid $47,500 a year, plus benefits and has to come and ask me if a buy-out of $7,000 to leave 3 years early. I could hardly believe it. I asked him, so you pay $7K, you get full pension for 3 added years. Oh yes. Ah, must I repeat that (said to him). Now if you file a complaint and this goes for all public employees, they get paid leave while it's being investigated just as IRS Commissioner did, then retired upon findings. NO Country can afford this, look at France, oh it's largness with any public employee, but now, things change. We accept that in life, in Gov't far different. It would seem that if it became law thru Exec. Order, it can be removed same way. And NO ONE should be exempt from paying SS and medicare. If it's good enough for majority then all should be on it and make it solvent.Thank you for listening, Carole Young

  • Deborah Nelson

    09/29/2016 09:27 PM

    We have proof that HIllary Cheated at the Debates! This could take her down like taxes took Al Capon down. THIS IS IRREFUTABLE!