Authored by William Robert Barber
Ideological differing amongst Americans is divided into two distinguished political-socio-economic factions. The one believes that the government is best suited as the final arbitrate of what is considered fair and just; and simply put, the other faction does not. This faction believes in a limited central government wherein power is decelerated, conditioned, and redirected to perform from the bottom upwards. In other words, governing power is emitted from a position closes to the governed; with optimum concessions of sovereignty vested to the States, the citizenry, and the person verses the central government.
Those that embrace the idea that government is best suited as the final arbitrate plea for a government of coercive largeness; I use the words coercive largeness because one cannot have a government of largeness without an inherent and ever-increasing coercive function. The fuel required to operate this government of largeness is taxes, fees, the excessive printing of fiat currency, and regulator delivered penalties on private industries.
The debate over taxation is usually centered on questions of how much to tax, whom to tax, and what and whom to except from taxation. The Democrats want to tax energy corporations, the rich, and just about all aspects, parts, and pieces of private enterprise. The Republicans favor less taxation and particularly do not want to tax private enterprise or the rich. Interestingly, both parties shy away from taxing the majority of Americans, those annually earning less than $45,000. Each political party hold firm to some interpretive standard of what is fair, morally justified, and for the benefit of the middle class; but, neither are interested in adjusting federal spending to match tax revenue within the foreseeable future. In fact the Democrats’ new misdirection is to boldly declare that the current deficit of Seventeen Trillion is according to President Obama “under control.”
The new financial determinative rhetorically exported by liberal progressive pundits and representatives of the Democratic Party: That any form of fiscal austerity is detrimental to the nation’s socio-economic demeanor, its fiscal wherewithal, and will therefore prompt the teetering economy into a recession.
The Republican response to the Democrats’ new financial determinative is centered on either stressing that the real problem is spending or that less tax positively stimulates the economy whiles fervently expressing to all that less taxation increases tax revenue. But because the Republicans lack the means and or the ability to express and drive home their contention. Because the nation’s people have elected the Wizard of Oz twice and recently reconfirmed Democratic control of the Senate the odds of the traditional understanding of individual liberty and freedom surviving much longer is at best 50/50.
Here’s the deal…the philosophical underpinning of congressional legislation since 1913 have created an American enterprise wherein the government controls and directs the means of production not by owning them but by the specific and general application of regulations. More taxation simply feeds the beast that controls person and property; the more the beast receives the more the beast regulates and controls. The government of the United States as with all developed nations has long ago trashed even the appearance of fiscal and monetary restraint.
In 1913 the dollar was defined as 1/20 of an ounce of gold; in 1944, 1/35, presently, the value of a dollar in respect to gold is estimated at 1/1,600, of course in today’s world fiat currency predominance there is no right of the individual to the fiat to gold conversion. The conceptual given of liberal progressives are that government has come of age, as Keynes contended in 1945. He went further to explain that government has become “trustworthy,” so they should direct and control the financial life of nations. As for central banking, it should “be regarded as kinds of beneficent technique of scientific control such as electricity or other branches of science are.” Keynes words would warrant a laughable moment considering the situations experienced since that remark.
A reductionist would analysis the current fiscal crisis of ever-mounting deficient problem compounded by a potentially unsustainable interest-bearing national debt and conclude that a government should not spend in excess of its revenue. There are others, including President Obama who brazenly declares that in an economy of variant multiplicities, sophisticated economies of scale, a bottomless depth of resources including the means to print tons of dollars, is the new-economic sensibility. In the Obama administration the talent of expertise is managing one’s money supply not balancing the budget. To paraphrase the president’s word, the deficit, and debt is under control.
Panglossian propensity is a liberal progressive’s intrinsic sense of virtue. They truly do live in a world as they wish it was not the world as it truly is.