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Hi, I’m a Politician, and I’m Here to Sell You

March 6, 2013

Tom Sowell describes how the government bureaucracy acts to protect itself.

     Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency’s budget were cut, what would it do?

     The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of Benedict Arnold in the first place.

Did you hear what Sowell said?  The bureaucracy acts to protect itself, not to serve the citizen, the voter or the tax payer.  I’ve seen this for years in California where the first things they want to cut are Schools, beaches, parks and care of the elderly.

The politician is slightly different.  He serves neither the voter nor the bureaucrat.  He serves himself, and that makes sense, at least for our president.

Think of who we elected.  President Obama was a “community organizer”, and no, he did not go around the neighborhood dusting the potted plants and returning the lost bicycles that were out of place.  He was a salesman and a corporate recruiter.  He went door to door selling the Democrat party.  He was hardly an entrepreneur investing his own money.  He gave government services to poor people who didn’t have to pay for them.  His job was to deliver clients who would vote for the political party that recruited and paid them.  Obama was paid on a commission, and business was brisk in fiscally failing Chicago.  He was, and is, a company man through and through.  Take care of the party, and the party will take care of you.  That has long been the Chicago way.

Come the sequester, we watched the citizens being thrown under the bus as the government bureaucracy punished us.  Citizens were not brash.  We didn’t demand accountability for the exploding debt.  We didn’t seize back control of our bloated government.  That would be too much to ask.  We timidly asked for some limits on government domination.  Some small limits on their growth as our jobs and paychecks shrink.

There was no one to speak for us and defend our interests, no one to defend us from our own government.  Government departments were told to punish the citizens by cutting back the most essential services first rather than minimizing the effects of small budget reductions.  Tom Sowell was right.corrupt

You get what you vote for.  I want to cut all the government departments; every last one.  I don’t trust them after they have acted this way.  We will do it ourselves and start over without you.


Rob the raging libertarian.. at least today

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mercy permalink
    March 7, 2013 6:20 am

    You’re so right. I’ve been following this story since the beginning and once I saw that the Obama administration was ordering government offices to “make the impacts of the “cuts” as bad as the administration promised — even if they have to fake it”, I once again became enraged at the audacity of our government.

    This whole scare is because the House demanded rightly that the Senate give them a Budget (which by constitution they’re supposed to do every year) before the House will grant them more money. What did the Senate do? Rather than offer a budget, they, through Obama, started this “scare.” They started using the corrupt media and manipulated government offices to make the “scare” a reality.

    Some media outlets are even calling what the House is doing “unconstitutional”, but what they’re not taking into account is “checks and balances”. The Senate hasn’t been doing its job for four years and the House has been giving them money anyway. With the current state of the economy, the House representatives said “you do your job and give us a budget that shows you’re balancing to improve the economy and we’ll give you money”. It seems fair and constitutional to me.

    I’ve been telling people since before the Obama-nation reached its second term that Obama isn’t what they think he is. I’ve quoted until my face is blue what he’s said and the promises he’s broken. This nation needs to rise up as a group and demand the government return to what it’s constitutionally supposed to be.


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