Time for another reality check

Overloaded-car It seems like our political class is comfortably divorced from reality. Congress voted itself another raise this year, increased their expense budgets and are working hard to pull off a trifecta of bills that will raise taxes and energy costs while the economy crumbles around us.

Government is preoccupied with saving the world from computer model "disasters" like "poisonous" CO2 and Anthropogenic Global Warming, while ignoring the rising tide of real disasters like massive unemployment, a real recession, and an indecisively managed war in Afghanistan.

Taxpayer resistance is growing, but will not significantly reverse the process until the 2010 elections.

If there is to be an economic resurgence, it will probably start at the grassroots level with local actions attuned to local needs and resources.

I do not see that government bail outs have helped GM or Chrysler and do not expect that the balance of the Stimulus money will produce significant results either, as most of the money will be funnelled to patronage jobs or to support union activity.

Certainly some money will trickle down to worthwhile projects, but the percentage of taxpayer money that arrives where it s needed is a small fraction what was borrowed and will eventually be collected from the taxpayers in future generations.

There is a question that should be asked about any government project: How many real jobs will this program create?

Failing to understand that Government and State jobs are a burden on the economy is a classic mistake. They are an OVERHEAD expense. When your company is not doing well, you cut overhead first.

No company I have ever known has improved their operating basis during a crisis by adding more levels of management, yet our current administration is adding Czars and new government organizations every day.

I don't see that as a winning strategy.

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0 Responses to Time for another reality check

  1. Perspective says:

    ABC News this week had a short segment about the Office of the Attending Physician, available to provide primary care for members of Congress. Members pay somewhere around $500 per year for it. It is not part of their Federal Employee health coverage.

    I’d love to have that program. I’d never heard of that perk before.

    In the big picture, a health plan for taxpayers that is not shared by those in Congress just seems wrong.

  2. Gary says:

    David, your first paragraph could be rewritten to cover any number of groups who think their viewpoint is the only one that is “right”. Exchange your “political class” with the “financial class” or the “executive class” or the “media class”, they all have their own view of what is right for this country.

    My problem with all of these “classes” is that they do not really understand what the majority of the American people face in their life each day. They are all viewing America from the top of the “class” heap.

    Do they have a clue what it’s like to wake up in the morning and wonder if you can feed your kids? If you can get a doctor to look at your sick child? If you can afford the medicine they will prescribe? Or do they just want to protect their tax shelters?

    David, I pay my taxes. I vote my principles. I can see that you and I will never agree on those principles and that is part of living in this country.

  3. It would seem that you failed to read the complete post. We seem to be in agreement that politicians do not really understand what the majority of the American people face in their life each day.

    There are all sorts of special interest groups and each may have a unique worldview, but only the political class I described can enact legislation which affects us and excludes them.

    With very few exceptions, Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate seem to act in their own self-interest and not on behalf of their constituents once they are elected.

  4. Dragon Quilter says:

    David, you know I am in agreement with you but my question to all those that feel this way is this: what do we actually do (this is the key word here folks) about it? I feel there are some things I can do and have always done but until more people do those same kinds of actions we will be stuck with this ‘class’ tunnel vision and a downward spiraling society.

  5. tracy79 says:

    interesting post. indeed maybe we all need to have a time for another reality check!


  6. TM Lutas says:

    Were we to start demanding of our politicians (starting with the local ones but nobody should be exempt) that they rate what they spend in order we would improve our governance. Once you’ve got all your programs rated by how worthy the problem they’re solving, how effective the program is at tackling said problem, how wasteful the spending is, you can adjust to any budget shortfall by simply chopping out “the worst”. You can call for reform by focusing on “the worst”. You can, in fact, increase the ability of the people to judge whether said politician is doing their job by seeing how that politician deals with what he himself feels is the worst.

    Now no doubt everybody’s list is going to be a bit different but if everybody is expected to make up a list and those who refuse, regardless of party, are considered too amateurish to deserve being on the ballot, things will improve quite nicely. A pity that neither party seems to have picked this reform as a cause.

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