In every conceivable way, liberal economic policies are destroying the fabric of our nation, saddling untold future generations with mountains of debt, chronic government inefficiency and political ineffectiveness. To be sure, liberal-dominated fiscal policies are threatening our national security – a nation on its back financially is a nation at risk.
To understand the point, you should become familiar with the basic tenets of liberalism. Liberals believe government should control our lives – they believe that left to our own designs, free from government, we cannot survive. Liberals seek to constrain industry and believe free markets are bad for consumers. They support wealth redistribution via punitive taxation, and mistrust any success (other than their own). They believe anyone with a differing political perspective who has done well stole his way to the top.
Liberals believe America should be full of mediocre people, that no one should achieve more, earn more, do more or create more than anyone else. They believe economic growth hurts rather than helps people, and they only support free choice when you’re choosing their point of view or their solutions.
Liberalism favors government expansion at all levels, all the time. Liberalism never accounts for the fact that with extreme government growth comes extreme growth of the cost of government. Liberalism also never accounts for the fact that government has no wealth, and that the only way for government to attain wealth is to forcefully extract it from the people.
If you ever thought to examine the failure of liberal fiscal policy in action, you need look no further than Washington, D.C. Dominated by liberals, its government is a microcosm of all the larger failures of liberalism.
To wit, the Washington Times reported Wednesday that the city is suffering a “glut” of $100,000-per-year police officers. “With 572,000 residents, the District has 156 more city workers earning more than $100,000 annually than their counterparts in Chicago. Only 34 of Baltimore’s 15,000 employees earn more than $100,000 a year,” the paper said. Unfazed, councilmembers packed D.C.’s 2004 budget with additional money to hire even more cops – perhaps because so many sergeants, lieutenants and captains don’t patrol anymore.
In her Wednesday column, Michelle Malkin wrote that Washington, D.C., spends nearly twice as much on its public school students as the national average, but the dropout rate in D.C. public schools is 40 percent. So the District is spending much more and getting far less because liberal-dominated teacher’s unions refuse to endorse parental school choice (as if teachers won’t be needed in any school but a public school).
D.C.’s $5.6 billion budget also includes more money for housing, disability payments and city employee pay raises, reported the Washington Post. Under the new budget, the spending of local tax dollars will increase 4.6 percent, though that’s less than the 5.5 percent Mayor Anthony Williams, a Democrat, had proposed.
Though smaller-than-anticipated, at a time when the city’s budget is straining, it is still an increase – and some government officials spun the figures as somehow equating with fiscal responsibility. “Council members hailed the change as evidence that they had gotten the growth of government under control,” the Post reported.
Liberals don’t grasp this basic governmental tenet: The more government expands, the more costly it gets – and the less people are willing to support it. Economies have good years and bad years, but, even through the bad years, you’d be hard pressed to find many liberals who want to cut programs to reduce the government’s drain on the productivity of our nation’s workforce. Seems the better we do, the more liberals in government want to take from us.
Programs and agencies, bureaucracies and departments don’t disappear under liberal political leadership, even in bad times. Yet, in those bad times, they still must be funded, and that means putting more of an economic burden on we the people.
Economic liberalism fails because it is designed to fail. You cannot exponentially expand a non-productive, punitive entity – government – indefinitely. There comes a time when that non-productive entity becomes too costly to sustain. Think the former Soviet Union. Think socialism. Think e-mail SPAM. Think Democrats in Congress opposing President Bush’s tax cuts or Republicans’ lack of enthusiasm for cutting back or eliminating needless government agencies.
Our founders envisioned a small, inexpensive, benevolent central government. These days, it is far from that.