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Mar 26 2015
 by Bill B. May
POLITICS
 
 

DEMOCRACY

The Problems Of Democracy, Part IV

Yesterday, I proposed that almost any government over time violates the liberty of at least some of its citizens.   It isn't the form of government; it is the nature of people in power to want more power.  One of the reasons for this is that government as we know it is a monopoly.  Even if it's the best Republic one can imagine, it is still a monopoly.  Leaders in monopolies have no incentive to behave themselves.  They want to do more.  After all, what competitor will call them out on their actions?  How can government's citizens turn to a competitor?   There are none so they have to accept what exists in the monopoly.  We haven't yet figured how to avoid the negatives of a monopoly or to have competitive governments.     There are evil people in business as there are in politics but eventually the business ones get their comeuppance.  In politics, there may be competitors during election cycles but once the cycle is over, the politician has another 2-6 years to make as much hay as possible with their monopoly position.  
What has gone wrong in America?
 
·         The US founders started with a clean slate and put much thought into the Constitution.  But the US government has evolved into a huge mess.   Crony capitalism is rampant.   Politicians get rich, sometimes going from a negative net worth to multi-millionaires in a very few short years.  That doesn't smell too good.  Obviously, their motivations are not solely with the welfare of the people or their liberty. 
 
·         The economy is hardly anything to crow about.  There might be bright spots in the economy but mostly they are in segments without much government involvement, think tech.   Or they are where government meddles enough to create a bubble which invariably bursts.  Think housing in the last decade.  Something is wrong with that picture. 
 
·         In foreign policy, the world is not getting more peaceful but weapons are becoming scarier.  Conflicts are raging around the globe.
 
·         Regulations are so complex that it takes an army of lawyers to stay legal.  It seems almost a certainty that government involvement in society has unintended consequences worse than any original problem.  One hundred years ago, we had little in the way of regulation, but has regulation made society better?   It seems that some regulation only begets more regulation as society learns how to work around government dictums. 
 
·         We will always have poor people but fifty years ago, government started a War on Poverty.  Poverty has not improved over those years; instead we have more and more people dependent on government and therefore dependent on hard-working taxpayers.   Why don't we see progress as we do in so many other fields? 
 
In the first hundred plus years of our nation, the pioneer spirit led the progress.  People with the guts to leave their home country behind and start out anew in a raw and savage nation were the ones who believed they didn't need any help to succeed.   Then starting in the early 20th Century, government reared its ugly head to HELP people.  With that kind of help, who needs enemies?  And each little parcel of help violated the liberty of others, usually taxpayers.  Now, instead of the pioneer spirit, we see people who are demotivated either because government is providing their basic needs or the remainder is demotivated because government takes too big a portion of their earnings to support those feeding off the government teat.  Without motivation, we have nothing.
 
How can we get back to the original pioneer spirit?  We'll look at answers in future Parts.
 
Previous Parts:  Part I, Part II  and Part III.
 
 
 
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AIRPLANE CRASHES

Pilot Locked Out Of Cockpit Before France

Crash, Tried To Smash Door: Report

Evidence from the cockpit voice recorder indicates that one of the pilots of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in, the New York Times reported.

ISRAELI POLITICS

The Myth of Netanyahu’s Racism

Daniel Greenfield saysNetanyahu’s conservative Likud Party got its best numbers not in Jerusalem, where it only won a quarter of the vote, or Sderot, the city under siege where it still got less than half, or Maaleh Adumim, a city of some 40,000 known as a “settlement” because it is located in ’67 Israel where it also took less than half.
 
Its best numbers appear to have come from Arab-al-Naim, a Bedouin settlement, where it scored three-quarters of the vote.

THE PRESENT GLOBAL CULTURE

WAR

Britain Surrenders

Robert Spencer saysThe phenomenon of Muslim rape gangs in Britain, and the unwillingness of law enforcement officials had of prosecuting them for fear of being tarred with charges of “racism,” is hardly summed up by the word “scandal” anymore. This isn’t just a scandal, it’s a surrender – a cultural and societal collapse unprecedented in human history.

DESERTERS

Bowe Bergdahl Desertion Case Gives Black

Eye To Army, Obama

The Army charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion Wednesday for abandoning his post in Afghanistan and for misbehavior before the enemy that endangered his unit, kicking off a legal process that his brothers-in-arms demanded, rekindling the debate over the Obama administration’s swapping five top Taliban terrorists, and prompting the sergeant himself to say the Taliban had tortured him.

TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES

The Tasted and the Untasted

Jeffrey A. Tucker takes a while to get to the meat of the article; but it is delicious:  What a common cold teaches us about economics and life
This past weekend, a nasty chest cold rose inexorably to my sinuses and took root, shutting down my senses of smell and taste. I only realized it when I was at lunch with friends. I ordered the clam chowder. I couldn’t taste a thing. It was all texture and no flavor: chewy bits of meat, mushy potatoes, and some tasteless soup with a milky texture.

FREE ENTERPRISE AND SMALL

GOVERNMENT

When Internet Explorer Ruled The World

In another article by Tucker, he looks at the misery induced on Microsoft by the government in its anti-trust efforts: wasted, by the way. 

PRIVACY

Tracking Our Driving, Big Brother Takes The

Wheel

Thanks to modern technology, Big Brother is bigger than ever and can monitor our movements, our driving, our communications and our finances. We need a Digital Bill of Privacy Rights to protect us from government.

INTELLIGENCE

FBI Needs Better Intelligence Analysis: Report

The FBI has a hard time keeping up with evolving terrorist threats because of the agency's slow pace in improving its intelligence-collection abilities, according to a new Sept. 11 Review Commission report.

BUDGET

GOP House Bill Would Balance Budget, Cut

Obamacare

House Republicans came together Wednesday to pass a budget that balances within a decade, cutting spending by over $5 trillion, repealing Obamacare and turning Medicare into a voucherlike system along the way.
How about 5 years? 

BLACK ISSUES

Four Black Cops Killed In Seven Days, So

Where's The Outrage?

Fulton County police detective Terence Avery Green was killed, shot in the head by a suspect.
 

NEWSBALANCE

We post many more articles than highlighted on this page.   Some are highly ranked but don't meet my notion of deserving special attention, perhaps because they were covered recently.   I invite you to peruse all the posted articles, or maybe just the liberal onesor the conservative ones
 
 
 
 
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