Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dems on Jobs – “What Will We Do?”

This is a nugget you already know if you follow politics. The Democrats in Washington don’t have a clue about how to create jobs. Gateway Pundit has this headline that says it all, “Democrats Admit They Are Completely Baffled on How to Create Jobs.”

Well, duh.

Ever since the Dems took over Congress following the election of 2006, nearly every economic indicator has shown the destructiveness of their agenda to our economy. You see them every day on the news and I’ve cited them so often even I’m tired of repeating them. Absolutely nothing is improving.

There can only be one conclusion – Progressive Democrat policies are killing our economy.

To their credit, they are slowly starting to recognize their role as the job-killers they are. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) said this when asked about a Democrat legislative agenda to create jobs, “I don’t know what we’ll do next.”

If that doesn’t fill your heart with hope and change for winning the future, I don’t know what will. I find it hard to contain my enthusiasm. How about you?

Aren’t you thrilled to know that those we send to Washington, clearly the best and brightest we have to offer to act in our place, to chart the course of our great nation, don’t understand our basic, free-market economic system?

We are well and truly screwed until we either educate our fully-grown representatives (who should already know these things), or we replace them with someone who at least has some experience in the business world or a passing knowledge of economics.

I’m for replacing them.

I’ve mentioned before, the unwritten assumptions that I believe our Founders held regarding government  today are not recognized by those in the Democrat Party. They proved one of them by proudly proclaiming that this most recent Congress was the most productive in history thanks to the number of new laws passed. This boast proved to me that they clearly don’t understand the idea of a people being free unless there is a law preventing an action, and subsequently, that each new law removes a bit of our freedom. Understanding this principle, we should demand that Congress convene no more often than the Texas state legislature, which meets only every two years.

But that’s just me.

Clearly, passing laws at a breakneck pace (and being proud about it) rapidly reduces our freedom. The idea that they may have gone too far in their legislative zeal never seems to occur to them.

Here’s another rule that Dems can’t fathom: government cannot create wealth. The only way government can obtain its funds is through taxation. Taxation of the private sector, or if you prefer a stronger term, confiscation of other peoples’ money. This is common knowledge outside the Beltway, but the current crop of progressive Democrats appear to be ignorant of this basic economic fact.

Government funds that are used to "create" jobs don't really do that in the long run. We've seen it in action, most notably in the form of subsidies for "green companies" that eventually fold up because they cannot compete in the open market. A one-time injection of cash won't help any business that hasn't already proven to work. A viable idea maintains itself without the need for federal funds. It grows as a matter of course. Yet we hear many on the left maintain that government needs to keep spending money it doesn't have in order to "create jobs". How many times must we read of the failure of these efforts before we finally conclude that it just doesn't work, it never has, and it never will?

The public is so far ahead of what passes for progressive "thought" that it's becoming scary. We hold simple truths to be self-evident today. How have we managed to elect leaders who don't know what we know?

Think of it this way: government is a leech on the economic body, draining it of nutrients and energy. While it’s small, the damage can be compensated for through the body’s natural defenses. But what if that leech begins to grow to the size of the human body itself? Then what happens?

At the risk of repeating myself again, you don’t need an economic degree to figure this out. If you have ever balanced your monthly checkbook, you already know how it works. It’s simple, too simple it seems, for Democrats to understand.

There are still quite a few of them who think the application of more leeches will help cure the patient.

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