"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority ... the Constitution was made to guard against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." - Noah Webster

"There is no worse tyranny than forcing a man to pay for what he does not want just because you think it would be good for him."
-- Robert A. Heinlein

Friday, November 19, 2010

Basic Laws

I was over at Maggie's Farm, not the actual farm, mind you, but the place in cyberspace. And ran across the wonderful little video segment from some kind of educational programme on British television.  Somebody across the Pond has realized that they need to attempt some serious, valid education to wake up the Brits to the fact that the growing socialist, totalitarian state is a disaster in the making.

If there is one thing that conservatives need to understand how to explain, and explain it loudly every chance they get to their friends and family, is that a major law of economics is that wealth can only, ONLY be created in the private sector, and that government (the public sector) can only consume and destroy wealth. The countries that don't understand that, like Spain, Greece, Portugal, Venezuela, Cuba, and Kalifornia, are going bankrupt and will become like Zimbabwe.

One Brit said toward the end of the segment, something to the effect that there is no magic pot of gold behind number 10 Downing Street.  Which is like what I said about there being no magic fairy dust in Washington that we sprinkle on government employees to make them behave like saints and do what is in the citizen's best interest.

If I could be dictator for a year, one of the things I would immediately do is outlaw all unions for government employees. You want to work for the government?  You get promoted based purely on your individual merit and achievement. Any pay increases would be based on the percentage of money you saved your department from spending.  Other than that, people should see working in a government bureaucracy as something you only do because you can't find a well-paying job any place in the private sector. Another requirement would be that you cannot enter a government job unless you are at least forty years of age and all your previous work experience was in "the real world."

Watch the video.  Even if you agree with it, it may help you to explain to your "liberal" friends in small words and concepts why a bloated, over-reaching government kills a society and its economy.

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