Sunday, June 5, 2016

Don't Be Fooled: Government Doesn't Solve Problems

We have to remember that government – even in a better form – all too often does not solve problems, but institutionalizes them.  For example, Medicaid, welfare, food stamps, etc. have not solved poverty.  Quite the opposite. After $15 trillion in cost, poverty is at about the same rate it was in 1965 when the war on poverty was launched.  Thus, we should not be talking about problems government should solve, rather how to solve the problems government has created.

In their quest for votes, politicians pronounce what they will do to create jobs and security.  But the reason for the lowest workforce participation and the highest real unemployment rate (U-6 indicator over 9.5%) are the result of government policies.  It is unreasonable to think that adding to the land-fill of government programs will produce more jobs.

Instead, we should set our sights on discussions of reducing government involvement, enabling individualism, and freeing markets.  Adhering to the founding principles of free men and free markets is what produced the American Dream and prosperity.

Rather than the parade of identity politics giveaways that the media thrives on, let us instead give heed to President John Kennedy’s words to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

Be Vigilant. Be Free.  

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