When politicians decide to make something “free”, what that really means is they pass the typical cost on to others who don’t directly benefit from the goods or services being provided. Those folks in turn make adjustments to make up for their loss by alleviating this cost via something else – their customers, their charities, their investments. When people are made to pay, repeatedly and significantly, for something from which they did not benefit, the ripple effect of passing the buck continues until it gets back to the people to whom the benefit was originally given. Have you spotted the problem?
And when the patient, in this case, finds themselves in harder circumstances than before, they request more government assistance again. If the government agrees, they push the additional costs to a group of people who again gain no benefit, and the cycle continues. This is why everything “socialized”, from medicine to groceries to electricity, continues to rise in price until no one can afford the basics, and the government must step in and actively set price and wage controls on everything. And that’s when the real havoc begins. See Venezuela and South Africa for the latest in a long line examples of this. Regardless of the motivation, whether it’s compensation for perceived past injustices, or a simple moral impulse to make something “free”, when government intervenes too far into individuals’ freedom to transact for goods and services with a provider of their own choice, without coercion, really bad things start to happen.
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Has anyone noticed how much “governing” Presidents Trump and Obama have done via Executive Orders instead of the proper way, via legislation initiated and approved by Congress? The scope of executive orders, unilateral presidential decrees over which Congress has no say, has been steadily growing the last two decades. Many people love it when their guy is in office and simply bypasses Congress by issuing an executive order when he can’t get them to do what he wants. But is that really the way a democratic republic works? Sounds more like rule by the whim of one man.
Such orders are only operative while the president who issued them is in office. They can sometimes be stopped or delayed by court actions, but that’s about where any arguments that favor them end. Not only are these proclamations the unfettered rule of a single man over a supposedly democratic nation, they can have a massive effect on the economic, cultural, military, educational, and legal landscape. And they can be completely reversed by the next president. All this makes for potentially rapid, unpredictable change for the entire country and uncertainty about the longevity of policy.
NBC news ran a worthwhile editorial early this year arguing that while executive orders by Our Guy feel good, they are a tool of tyranny. Quartz wrote a similarly insightful article last year, identifying the danger as “the use of these orders as a work-around in policy areas where the president wants to do something, but only Congress has the authority to act”. What one might ask now is: with a president in office today who is less popular with his Congress than possibly all other recent presidents, why doesn’t Congress take advantage of this situation to strip or at least limit the presidency with regard to this gross abuse of executive power? Brandon Weichert explains how the founding fathers attempted in the constitution to diffuse power across multiple people, bodies, and branches for the very purpose of preventing the rule of the One Man.
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What could be worse than Hitler and destroying planet Earth? Clearly nothing. So the establishment media, becoming amusingly less coherent on a near-daily basis since last month’s elections, has fallen into a feverish hysteria. Regardless of the fact that Donald Trump has never been a conservative nor any kind of political ideologue at all, and despite the fact that none of the people he has selected for cabinet positions thus far even donated to his campaign (most didn’t even support him), CNN and the lefty press wants you to know that you have elected Adolf Hitler.
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Lord Acton’s famous saying has been quoted endlessly but can still never be repeated too often: Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely. The concept is actually an observation of the nature of the human heart, not yours or mine specifically but the human heart in general.
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This election will determine the fate of our nation. With Donald Trump we have a chance, and it is only that. Over the past few years we have learned to our shock and dismay just how corrupt and out of touch our elected officials really are. They have an agenda and it does not include the American people, except in extracting as much of our resources as possible. They are a powerful force. I don’t know if Donald Trump can overcome it, but I do know that no one else can.
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In the final stretch of the election, Hillary Rodham Clinton has gone to war with the FBI.
The word “unprecedented” has been thrown around so often this election that it ought to be retired. But it’s still unprecedented for the nominee of a major political party to go war with the FBI.
But that’s exactly what Hillary and her people have done. Coma patients just waking up now and watching an hour of CNN from their hospital beds would assume that FBI Director James Comey is Hillary’s opponent in this election.
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