Big Government

Today’s topic: DEBT
Before starting, I would like to offer apologies to anyone that does not like my writing style, or viewpoint. I certainly wish that I knew how to express myself through writing, but that is simply not the case as I was not blessed as a good creative writer…
Politically speaking, we are in for a world of hurt.
We have an administration that is trying to vilify anyone who stands for fiscal responsibility (and succeeding). Now I do not profess to be an economic wonderboy. Far from it. However, what is happening in Washington right now is the equivalent of maxing out your credit card, and then saying that the ONLY way out is to raise the card’s credit limit in exchange for a promise that you will eat out one less night a week and not take a vacation. Of course, this does not mean that you will not continue to spend beyond your means, it just means that you will back off on the specifically mentioned niceties. (But that big screen is still a MUST have…)
The logic is mind blowing to me. It seems to me that politicians ONLY make decisions that will satisfy their constituents –but the good of the country be damned. Now that the majority of the voters out there are voting for their own best interests, and not that of the country that they live in, I do not see how things can possibly turn around. When more and more people vote for entitlements, you will see work quality and output continue to degrade, and even more jobs leave the US (but for different reasons than now). Regardless of what you think the reasons for businesses fleeing the US for overseas manufacturing are, (selfishness, self interest, greed, etc) you have to ask yourselves why would those reasons drive someone away? It used to be said that US wages are too high, but that is only part of the equation in my mind. I work in the high tech industry, which used to be a cash cow. That made these businesses prime targets for government agencies to grab money. They grab them through regulations, standards, fees, etc. In order to build a building these days, you need to have multiples of dozens of agencies sign off…and do not think for a minute that each agency does not have their hands out. Anyway, when any business is making lots of money, they are not looking to move away…quite the opposite, they are naturally going to look at how to continue to make more money. That always involves expanding production, which leads to more jobs. Now if the government sees that a company is doing really well, the government starts to see a source for additional revenue –money that can be used to grow bigger government. Of course, the very nature of government can be best described as inefficiency at work (I use the word “work” loosely). THIS is what drives companies to manufacture elsewhere. If said company wants to expand, you have government officials looking at an opportunity to tax every aspect of an expansion in the interest of increasing revenues…fees are added everywhere. Road fees, even if roads servicing the proposed site already exist, there are always “other roads” in need of repair (that “should have” been repaired using fees previously collected but redirected towards other “pet projects” of the city managers, etcs…Fees for new parks on the other side of town, fees to help complete the rejuvenation the downtown (that should have already been completed if not for “feature creep”), etc. The list goes on. School impact fees, water runoff impact fees, permits for building, electrical, water treatment, police, fire, and a whole host of which did not even exist when the business first started. Ever see buildings sitting that were never even completed? Makes you wonder how many were dropped because new fees were being “invented” that were not considered during the design phase, because they did not exist at that time. You know the fees must be out of control when it is easier to just leave the building partially built, then pick up and move to another state, or country, build and start producing product before the original construction project would have even completed being built.

It is time to stop electing officials that WANT to be elected, and start looking for all new traits in elected officials. How about somebody that wants what is best for AMERICA? Not what is best for their neighborhood. How about someone who has an understanding of fiscal responsibility?

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