Today I happened upon the article by Monica which encapsulates everything "progressive".
In her post she tries really hard to make believe that there are 5 things the government does better than you.
It is quite obvious to all who know any history or follow current events that the federal government can not do any thing but consume and destroy (with unintended consequences) everything it does due to the bloated, ineffective, inefficient self perpetuating bureaucracy.
Five Things Government Does Better Than You Do
"Economics assumes people are rational actors in the market, but we know a lot less about how to manage money than we think."
Her opening statement is quintessential progressive "group think" that individuals are not capable of handling their own economics and are essentially helpless.
"One of the hottest academic disciplines to arise in the last few decades is behavioral economics, which explores the ways in which people behave irrationally. In addition, easy-predictable problems with certain markets prevent us from achieving the best outcomes. These two facts have consequences for how we should think about government in certain instances. There are many ways in which the government can make better decisions with our money than we can, and there are many ways that the Ryan budget would make society worse off by getting rid of government programs."
Wow the hottest academic disciplines to arise sounds a lot like social engineering a favorite of progressives in their hermetically sealed academic towers of absurdity spewing papers that have NO BASIS in REALITY nor can they account for the always present unintended consequences of their "shot in the dark" legislation.
If she firmly believes "the government can make better decisions with our money than we can" Monica is certainly not living on the same planet or in the same reality as I am.
Please Monica I would love to really hear 1 successful expenditure they have made.
How about the $819 BILLION stimulus which is gone and we have nothing to show for it except among other things a growing list of failed "green energy" follies.
Evergreen Energy-Which has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, saying it’s “impossible to maintain operations” due to funding shortfalls. This announcement comes after the company received $5.3 million in “stimulus” funds.
Amonix Inc.-A manufacturer of solar panels that received $5.9 million from the “stimulus”, will lay off about 200 employees only seven months after opening a factory in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s home State of Nevada.
Beacon Power Corp-Sought bankruptcy protection last year after they received a $43 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy.
Ener1 Electric-A car battery manufacturer, filed for bankruptcy last Thursday, three years after receiving a $118.5 million grant from the U.S. government.
These are all in addition to Solyndra-A solar panel maker that received a $535 million loan guarantee, then famously filed for Chapter 11 protection weeks ago.
These are just a few as the list grows - GREAT investment Monica the government is sure adept at investing our tax dollars.
The auto industry bailout? How many billions of dollars wasted on shoring up their union buddies?
GM stock has to be over a $50 share price in order just to break even - the stock is $21.35 today.
Another GREAT INVESTMENT Monica.
The Post Office is a huge success.
The government estimates could reach $100 BILLION in self admitted waste and duplication - who doing anything about this?
I could go on and on adding to the list of federal government failures but I want to address her "top 5" list.
1. Retirement Insurance yes the old Social Security factor. Besides being unconstitutional and a pyramid scheme it is going broke. The usual unintended consequences progressives did not expect or cared about when waving the carrot in the nose of the public. They only care about the freebies to ensure votes.
Social Security needs reforming there is no question about it. It needs to transform or go away.
Personally I would be ecstatic if they would just give me back what I and the companies I worked for had invested and let me deal with my own retirement.
Her arguments about the uncertainties of the market place blah blah blah is a joke. If one were to just put their money in a savings account over a persons working life it would generate more income than the government program.
Of course like all progressives Monica wants a guaranteed outcome everyone needs to win and get a gold star "group think" at its best.
This goes hand in hand with the progressives love of a "guaranteed living wage" a marxist precept of fairness, social justice and collectivism all which have historically failed.
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2. Healthcare - another government attempted take over of a large part of our economy but of course as Monica points out it is for our own good. Yeah RIGHT.
I don't want to get into a long discourse about ObamaKare I will only say if it is so GREAT how come over 52% of the American public wants it repealed.
The costs are out of control, waivers already issued mostly to their union buddies of course, bureaucrats making our health decisions, death panels, doctor shortage, doctors fleeing the profession, NO TORT REFORM, NO COMPETITION ACROSS STATE LINES, the government dictating what kinds of policies insurance companies can offer.
Please Monica go live in Europe under the NANNY STATE - I did the healthcare there is not very good and the waiting will kill you.
3. Addressing Poverty - I love this one - Monic I ask you since the "Great Society" spending and the "war on poverty" spending BILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars for DECADES the needle has hardly moved on the poverty line.
Billions spent on "urban renewal", and other inner city nonsense.
"The conservative argument against government spending on the poor through programs like welfare and food stamps is that it de-incentivizes working, and that help for those who can’t work is best left up to communities and charity."
These programs along with welfare have indeed created a "parasite class" that lives off the government while 50% of the public pays NO TAXES.
Monica you can not legislate charity it is a personal individual act that you obviously do not understand.
And the progressive secular fundamentalism is in part responsible for the decline in charitable giving and volunteering which I would remind Monica that CONSERVATIVES donate 30%-40% more to charity and are TWICE as likely to VOLUNTEER TWICE as often as progressives.
Face it the myriad of questionable so-called social programs are a failure and serve only to keep people on the government plantation to preserve their voting block.
4. Disaster Relief - FEMA is so great no waste there no corruption there.
They did such a stellar job with Katrina?
"Conservative arguments against funding FEMA hold that local communities are better at cleaning up after widespread destruction than the government."
The American people are better equipped to deal with disaster than the government.
Local governments can and do respond better.
The out pouring of support and volunteerism this last spring by the local communities and around the country was far greater and more quickly organized than FEMA.
5. All the Little Things - oh yes all those little things the government does to make our lives simpler, unencumbered, to protect us, all because after all we are to stupid to care for ourselves, to protect ourselves, or to make our own decisions.
"While I’ve been focused so far on specific things that the federal government can do better than individuals or the private market, there are a number of tiny things that local governments do to create the world in which you live—building roads, taking out the trash, keeping traffic flowing, and turning street lights on at night."
Monica first of all the original roads were privately built and only latter adopted by the government and then paid for by tax payers and built by private companies at greater costs than the free market could have delivered because of government involvement.
Most communities now days contract out to private companies for trash removal, toll roads are being leased to private companies as are some bridges, the entire energy market place was created by individuals from the coal industry to the oil industries.
Monica who built the railroads?
Not the government - now they only subsidize them.
Everything the government touches is DOOMED to FAILURE.
Most of what the current government pokes it's nose into is not even constitutional and most of the government agencies should go away and the power returned to the states.
A limited government does not mean all services will go away it means the federal government should adhere to the precepts of the constitution and let the states be individual laboratories to find solutions
which fit their residents needs.
Something like adhering to our founding principals.
Monica all your "5 Things" are unquestionable government failures not to be emulated.
When will you and your buds take responsibility for yourselves and stop being VICTIMS!
It's individuals that create - government only impedes and consumes.
For progressives the ends are always justified by the means allowing them to rationalize whatever they want and do anything they want.
It is obvious that the progressives are desperate.
They know they will be swept out of office again in 2012.
The progressive AGENDA will be REJECTED once AGAIN by the American public.
The Third great awakening is happening.
PROGRESSIVISM = TOTALITARIANISM