Today, consider the latest from the always-worth-reading Dr. Victor Davis Hanson: How to Weaken an Economy. Excerpt:
The state can never be too big. Ensure that it is unaccountable and intrusive, in constant need of more money and more targets to regulate. The more government, the more people are shielded from the capital-creating, free-market system. Think the DMV or TSA, not Apple. The point is for an employee to spend each labor hour with less oversight, while regulating or hampering profit-making, rather than competing with like kind to create material wealth. Regulatory bodies are a two-fer: the more federal, union employees, the more regulations to hamper the private sector. The more federal mandates, like new health-care requirements and financial reporting, the less employers profit and the fewer employees they can hire. Washington should be a growth city, absolutely immune from the downturn elsewhere, a sort of huge and growing octopus head with decaying tentacles. State jobs should be redefined as something partisan — whose expansion is noble and helps the helpless, and whose contraction is evil and the design of a bitter and aging white private-sector class.
Read the whole thing. Dr. Hanson, a student of history and therefore – by necessity – a student of the downfall of great civilizations, goes on to describe in detail many of the policies being followed and expanded by our own Imperial Federal government even today. But it’s true that one should never ascribe to malice what may be just as aptly attributed to incompetence, and we are gifted today with a government that makes a culture of incompetence, at every level.
Our political employees are convocation of nincompoops, grifters and con men that shame the memories of the men who founded the country. They shamelessly promise more and more of the policies Dr. Hanson describes to continue their tenure at the public teat, and as a result, every year the productive are squeezed a little tighter.
Dr. Hanson concludes:
The more higher taxes, class warfare, bigger government, borrowing, zero interest, and political stasis began to slow down the economy, the more I would demand more of them all, and declare that the economy is expanding and growing. Again, the key to fine tuning a properly moribund economy is to stay the course — and learn to redefine failure as success.
I try to stay optimistic. I really do. But my daily news reads make that harder, year by year.