The truth slips out 1

Thomas Sowell writes that the way the government is setting about using the vast sums of taxpayers’ money it has appropriated is so slow a process that it can be compared to ‘mailing a letter to the fire department to let them know that your house is on fire.’

That is because the aim of the Democrats in power is not to put more money in circulation, or create more jobs, or in any other way help the country out of recession, but to increase their own power. 

One important clue may be a recent statement by President Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, that "A crisis is a terrible thing to waste."

This is the kind of cynical revelation that sometimes slips out, despite all the political pieties and spin. Crises have long been seen as great opportunities to expand the federal government’s power while the people are too scared to object and before any opposition can get organized.

That is why there is such haste to do things that will take effect slowly.

What are the Beltway politicians buying with all the hundreds of billions of dollars they are spending? They are buying what politicians are most interested in– power.

In the name of protecting the taxpayers’ investment, they are buying the power to tell General Motors how to make cars, banks how to bank and, before it is all over with, all sorts of other people how to do the work they specialize in, and for which members of Congress have no competence, much less expertise.

This administration and Congress are now in a position to do what Franklin D. Roosevelt did during the Great Depression of the 1930s– use a crisis of the times to create new institutions that will last for generations.

To this day, we are still subsidizing millionaires in agriculture because farmers were having a tough time in the 1930s. We have the Federal National Mortgage Association ("Fannie Mae") taking reckless chances in the housing market that have blown up in our faces today, because FDR decided to create a new federal housing agency in 1938.

Who knows what bright ideas this administration will turn into permanent institutions for our children and grandchildren to try to cope with?

 

             Read the whole column here.

Posted under Commentary by Jillian Becker on Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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  • roger in florida

    It is apparent that the main efforts of this administration and the democrats in Congress is to solidify the democratic base so that whatever happens and however bad the economy gets there will be no electoral threat to the democratic party. Constituencies are being paid off, the welfare system is being reinstated, nepotism and cronyism are rampant, captive govt. employment is being increased. Congressional corruption will be able to proceed and expand, the ruling elite will be self perpetuating.

    But for all that I do not blame the democratic party for this; this has been their stated policy (if you learn to read between the lines and learn what the high sounding phrases really mean). No the blame for this lies with the republican party and particularly GWB, although worthless fat Denny Hastert has to take a lot of blame. Eight years of increasing govt., increasing debt, unrestricted immigration and no allegiance whatsoever to principles of individual responsibility and limited govt.

    I now believe that those principles are dead forever in the US and all I am concerned about now is getting my snout in the trough so that I get mine.