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Voting No Confidence in Government

By Greg L | 15 July 2010 | National Politics | 5 Comments

Guest Post by Sanford D. Horn

Here’s a shocking revelation: government, regardless of the party in power, does not create jobs. Confidence in government, however, is a driving force in job creation by the private sector.

Giving government unfettered freedom to run roughshod over our Creator-endowed rights – that hinders job creation. When government passes legislation it typically closes doors instead of opening them. By its nature, government is restrictive – it tells the people what they can’t do.

This is the beauty of the Constitution – it limits what government can do – not what the people can do. Since the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791, however, government has done as much as it can do to control, limit and even shackle the people by thwarting the noble efforts of a free people to be creative, innovative and inventive. The pinnacle of this destructive trend is the coddling and patronizing attempts to stifle the creative process by using taxpayer dollars to bail out corporations seen as too big to fail in the eyes of this administration.

Failure is the mother’s milk of invention. Bailing out a flailing company is akin to giving it false hope of future success. The public made a decision that they did not want the “widget” being manufactured and sold by John Q. Businessman. By bailing that company out, the government artificially props up that company hoping that a new day will spark a desire by the public to want that widget.

Letting the company fail forces the owner to don his thinking cap and invent the next new and improved Widget II. The new and improved product forces the competition to conjure up its next great product. That is how the economy is genuinely stimulated as opposed to the artificial stimulation being thrust upon the people by the government all the while using the taxpayer’s money to force us to by the widgets we didn’t want in the first place.

It is the creative, innovative and inventive who hire people – create jobs. When the people have confidence that government will leave them alone, and not steal from them via oppressive taxes to pay for unnecessary social programs and the needs of illegal aliens as well as those people who wantonly avoid work in exchange for government support (welfare), there is job creation. The job creators have a willingness to invest in their own creativity and inventiveness.

This confidence is further exuded when taxes are low because people have a greater amount of disposable income. However, with unemployment approaching double digits at 9.5 percent, confidence has been eroded mightily, and that stunts growth considerably, ultimately driving unemployment even higher and production down. This leads to greater layoffs of people who will have less disposable income to spend on taxable goods and services.

Meanwhile, the rising unemployment figures drives government spending higher in an effort to pay the unemployment benefits of those folks out of work. Simultaneously, with private sector spending down, so too is the intake by the government of revenue derived from taxes that come from the spending of people’s disposable income. It’s a matter of the dog chasing his tail. Additionally, this lack of confidence has spilled over onto Wall Street as the business community is equally as skittish because of the culture of anti-business and even anti-capitalism awash in the White House. This is evidenced by the redistribution of wealth philosophy that came pouring out of the mouth of Obama during the 2008 campaign.

One exception to government does not create jobs: the current lawsuit by the Obama administration against Arizona simply because the Grand Canyon State dared to pass legislation to protect itself because the federal government won’t. Thanks to such a moronic lawsuit, money is pouring into Arizona by people supportive of the passage of SB 1070. These are every day Americans – tourists taking vacations, business people scheduling conferences, on-line purchases, etc. This is their own economic stimulus – with their own money that they earned and not given them by government.

And just what legislation did Arizona pass and how does it relate to the current economic quagmire? Arizona picked up the gauntlet fumbled by the federal government by not enforcing the laws pertaining to illegal aliens. And while liberals are having conniptions over the legislation, it should really be conservatives, because the Arizona law is not nearly as strict as its federal cousin. As for the impact on the economy, illegal aliens are a drain on the system with billions of untaxed dollars being funneled back to their countries of origin.

After all, who pays when an illegal alien needs medical care and shows up at the hospital? The taxpayers. Who pays for their food stamps they should not possess in the first place? The taxpayers. Who pays as class sizes continue to expand when the children of illegal aliens are not permitted to be turned out of school? The taxpayers. Who pays to feed those same children breakfast and lunch in those same schools? The taxpayers.

Arizona is attempting to stave off becoming California or Illinois, who in turn are fast turning into Greece as they are going bankrupt. Illinois, for example, is facing a $5 billion shortfall. Vast numbers of illegal aliens milking and bilking the system coupled with the problems regarding the various pension funds has created an economic disaster that is neither untenable nor unsustainable. High praise must go to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) for combating the economic problems the Garden state is facing by not just standing up to the overreaching teachers’ unions but also by calling for the privatization of some state services. And kudos to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) for producing a budget surplus.

Taxes can only be raised so much before those who endure the brunt of that burden will simply work less, earn less, and ultimately pay less in taxes. As they produce less, they will lay off more workers, who, in turn, will spend less. And on and on it goes – there’s that pesky dog chasing his tail once again. Priming the pump is not sustainable either, nor is it the purpose of government.

“Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government,” said James Madison, the credited father of the Constitution and Fourth president of the United States.

The government cannot tax its way out of this economic hole. The haves will not continue to sustain the have nots. They will take their businesses elsewhere or shutter the doors in utter frustration. Remember, the first rule regarding getting out of a hole is to put the shovel down. The Obama administration had best learn this rule and put down the shovel before we all get buried.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and political consultant living in Alexandria, VA.



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5 Comments

  1. NoVA Scout said on 16 Jul 2010 at 6:30 am:
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    Do you think California or Illinois would be in fine fiscal fettle but for the presence of illegal immigrants? You imply that. I doubt it mightily. These states’ fiscal problems are very much home-grown concoctions created by undisciplined legislators and pols who won’t talk and act straight with the citizens on budgetary matters. One sees milder (but no less dangerous) versions of the same dysfunction in the US Congress. Compared to some of the major alterations they have to make to get out of where they have put themselves, the impacts of illegal immigration are well down the list.

    I think one of the reasons that people not inclined toward analytical rigour see the Arizona law as benign, or worse yet, praiseworthy, is that they assume that the problems that the law purports to address are as dire as advocates say they are and that the law, if enforced, would address those problems. There is ample reason to question both those assumptions. I don’t expect to see an in-depth discussion of that here. Illegal immigration does indeed create costs and problems. In some communities these problems are worse than in others, and I see no reason not to lay the blame (and financial responsibility) at the federal doorstep. But local communities (and states) have ample authority under legitimate powers of the police to treat an immigrant DUI like a Yankee Doodle DUI, an immigrant housing violation like a Yankee Doodle housing violation, an immigrant assault like a Yankee Doodle assault, etc. etc. etc.

    Of course, as a constitutional conservative, I find Arizona’s law abhorrent because of many of its elements’ facial invasion of exclusive federal powers to enforce and administer federal policy on immigration, naturalization and foreign affairs. The federal government has done a poor job over the last decades of implementing its policies and in passing legislation to adjust them to modern conditions to be sure (although this Administration, somewhat surprisingly to me, has been by far the toughest in modern history on border enforcement), but that does not create state powers where none existed before. The Constitution doesn’t work that way. And, given that the opposition to long overdue federal revisions of immigration law that come from the very people who say that states and localities have to act, we have immigration reform gridlock caused by timorous federal politicians on one side, and opportunistic local politicians on the other, at virtually all levels of government. The security and economic competitiveness of the Nation suffer, but we sure have something we can all run around madly and bellow about, as opposed to building the complex policy consensus and legislative measures that it would take to address this situation in the national interest.

  2. Dave in PWC said on 16 Jul 2010 at 7:32 am:
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    I think if we enforce the laws already on the books regarding illegal immigration we will do ok, we don’t need to enact more laws or redo all the laws to create a path to citizenship. Enforce the laws, take the job magnet away and see where we are at.

  3. Devon said on 16 Jul 2010 at 9:37 am:
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    NYC Firefighters To Donate World Trade Center Steel to Arlington……………………………………………..Arlington County Board member Barbara Favola asked if the beam could be converted into a piece of public art and displayed “in a visually attractive way.”

    http://www.arlnow.com/2010/07/16/nyc-firefighters-to-donate-world-trade-center-steel-to-arlington/#comments

  4. Citizen12 said on 17 Jul 2010 at 9:41 am:
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    The expansion of the entitlement programs since the Johnson administration is at the root cause of the financial problems of both federal and state coffers. Add in the feeding trough mentality of our congressional representatives and we have arrived at where we are.

    The position held by federal, state and local political bodies that they will decide which law to enforce should be seen for what it is. Obstruction of justice is a crime. To hold such beliefs and act in such a way is contrary to the beliefs our very foundation as a country.

    The fact that the enforcement of our immigration laws has run counter to the desires of some of our citizens, members of congress and the white house is reason enough to consider working towards changing the law, but is in no way a reason to feel justified as an elected representative to break the law and work at interfering with the enforcement of existing laws.

    While our current administration feels justified in breaking the law it is interfering with Arizona and its attempt at what many state and local jurisdictions have failed to do which is enforcing current existing law.

    TITLE 8 > CHAPTER 12 > SUBCHAPTER II > Part VII > § 1304
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    § 1304. Forms for registration and fingerprinting

    (e) Personal possession of registration or receipt card; penalties

    Every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card issued to him pursuant to subsection (d) of this section. Any alien who fails to comply with the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall upon conviction for each offense be fined not to exceed $100 or be imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both.

    And specifically for the States and their jurisdictions, if they were not busy breaking the law but enforcing the law this colonization of America would not be taking place.

    1. TITLE 8 > CHAPTER 14 > SUBCHAPTER II > § 1625
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    § 1625. Authorization for verification of eligibility for State and local public benefits
    A State or political subdivision of a State is authorized to require an applicant for State and local public benefits (as defined in section 1621 (c) of this title) to provide proof of eligibility.

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    § 1641. Definitions

    (b) Qualified alien

    For purposes of this chapter, the term “qualified alien” means an alien who, at the time the alien applies for, receives, or attempts to receive a Federal public benefit, is—
    (1) an alien who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence under the Immigration and Nationality Act [8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.],

  5. hazegray said on 19 Jul 2010 at 4:46 pm:
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    Dave in PWC:

    I think if we enforce the laws already on the books regarding illegal immigration we will do OK… Enforce the laws, take the job magnet away and see where we are at.

    Amen to that, particularly the job magnet (and those Americans who energize that magnet — get right “in their face” and stay there!)

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