Grow the economy not the bureaucracy
By Dr. Robert Owens
Business is like water. It follows the path of least resistance. A fact which should birth shame in the hearts of all Americans is that for the last decade American businesses have been in a mad rush for the door. They've left America, once the epitome of free enterprise, choosing instead to establish them in Communist China. Today federal red tape and taxes are strangling American free enterprise.
Innovation is like lightning. It comes in a flash, burns white hot, and is impossible to bottle. When free enterprise is stifled by government interference in the marketplace the incentive to develop and produce are stunted. Americans have always been the can-do people. We've always been the leaders in invention and innovation. Our entrepreneurs have traditionally led the world in new patents and processes. In 2011 many sources predict China will take the lead in high tech patents applied for and new industrial processes pioneered. It takes thinking outside the box to find the new and provide the best. In America today the Federal Government has set to work making the box stronger, to weaving a mesh of regulations and taxes, and turning the box into a cage.
The grand gesture, voting to repeal Obamacare presented by the House Republicans as proof that they've become true fiscal conservatives, is a hat trick meant to beguile the newly awakened and lull them back to sleep. The smoke screen of denying funding as a way to stop the implementation is hollow argument offered by people who know better to people who should know better. The aspects of the national health plan which are taking effect in 2011 do not require any funding. They come in the form of regulations, fees and taxes.
Grid lock is the best we have to hope for from the 112th Congress. The very idea that any repeals or rollbacks of the omnibus thousand page take-over bills will pass in Harry Reid's Senate and be signed by Mr. Obama is laughable. Not only will the Senate not validate the results of November 2010, it is working diligently to stack the deck with new rules to prevent the enlarged minority from interfering with the evolutionary changes the Progressives constantly seek to enact as they attempt to evolve past the Constitution. What we need now is the party of "Hell no!" acting as a roadblock to the Progressives long march to the corporate state. Reading the Constitution at the beginning of the session is a great act of showmanship. Demanding that every piece of legislation contain a clause citing the constitutional empowerment for its enactment is long overdue.
However, what we need is a House that remembers that according to the Constitution all tax bills must originate in the chamber of the people. What we need is more than showmanship and more than doing what should have been done since 1789. What we need is a House that's willing to to call out the other branches of the Federal Government when they exceed their constitutional powers. The House has the power to investigate, subpoena, the power to impeach, and the power to bring suit in Federal Court. They have the power to expose the Progressive juggernaut for what it is: an express on the road to serfdom.
Their economic plan is merely inflating the next bubble and praying that the rest of the world considers America too big to fail. America is fast approaching the tipping-point as a global manufacturing power. Manufacturing made-up 53 percent of the economy in 1965, it only accounted for 39 percent by 1988, it accounted for merely 9 percent in 2004, and the decline continues. The warning signs are everywhere: a loss of a staggering 32 percent of manufacturing jobs since the year 2000, employment in the computer industry is lower in 2010 than it was in 1975, and we've lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001. We are turning into merely a source of raw materials and a market for manufactured goods from China, which is the textbook description of a colony.
No matter what the rhetoric, no matter what the stated intentions, it appears the consequences of the last ten years work by the best government money can buy are the unintended consequences. These political savants are so clueless that their answer to the problem of too much government and too much regulation is to appoint new committees, commissions, and expand the bureaucracy to study the old and recommend solutions that entail new regulations and more government.
This isn't rocket science. We aren't trying to figure out the orbit perimeters of a sling-shot around the moon to reach Saturn. This is Political Science and Economics: the arcane arts of who gets what, when, and how.
If we want manufacturing and innovation to grow reduce taxes to the lowest in the world and take the steel boot of regulation off the throat of free enterprise and watch our manufacturing base and our industrial output soar. If you want more jobs stop stifling small business with uncertainty and watch the unemployment rate fall. If we want more consumer spending instead of the next round of bail-outs and stimulus pay-offs to campaign contributors give the American people a one year federal tax holiday and watch consumer activity go through the roof. In other words grow the economy not the bureaucracy.
Dr. Robert Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College. He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com View the trailer for Dr. Owens' latest book @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ypkoS0gGn8. Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook. © 2011 Robert R. Owens