What does government do? What CAN government do?
In a nutshell, the only thing government can do is spend our money. Period. That’s all, folks.
Our governments – city, county, state, federal – pass bills that spend our money. Whatever they do, it involves spending our money. If they are doing more, that means they are spending more money. The more they do, the more they spend. If we criticize them for not doing enough, that means we think they are not spending enough of our money.
Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Greenie Meanie Weenie, it doesn’t matter. The only reason any politician exists is to spend our money.
The longer a politician is in office, the more money he/she has spent. In fact, those elected officials who rise to the top of the food chain find themselves in position to spend even more money than everybody else. They get re-elected by promising to spend more of our money. Two of the most powerful people in Congress are the heads of the Appropriations Committees. In the Senate, that would be Thad Cochran (R-MS) – whose last election is legendary in the annals of dirty and criminal political maneuvers. In the House, it would be Hal Rogers (R-KY), known as the “Prince of Pork”.
Thinking Americans have come to realize that more government, bigger government, more spending has not solved our problems as a nation. Big government has only funneled money from some of us to others of us, but has not improved the standard of living for all of us. Those with government connections continue to thrive while the middle class has all but disappeared and the growing underclass has become hopelessly dependent on government programs.
It took a few hundred years, but today’s politicians have figured it out – election and re-election can be easily won by buying votes with somebody else’s money.
If this sounds cynical, I’m sorry. Tell me where I’m wrong.
But there is good news. We can get out of this mess, and it’s an easy fix. All we have to do is ask every candidate for public office one simple question: Will you reduce the size and cost of government?
If the answer is yes, give that person money and vote for him or her. If the answer is no, run like hell.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
I’m about to give you all of my money
And all I’m askin’ is for a little respect
When I come home.
Hey, hey, hey!
You thought I was giving you a song by ARETHA didn’t ya! Otis Redding wrote and recorded Respect in 1965. Aretha Franklin covered it two years later, and it became a classic – one of the rare instances where the cover beats the original. I do this song every weekend with my family band Caution! Blind Driver, and our audiences are always surprised when I sing it instead of our female vocalist, my daughter Jenny. Here is a video of Otis singing this R&B standard on Dec. 9, 1967. Sadly, he was killed the next day in a plane crash.