Skip to comments.Trickle-Down Government Is All Wet
Posted on 10/13/2012 4:31:20 AM PDT by Kaslin
President Obamas economic ideas hold that government spending on construction, alternative energy sources welfare will inspire long term growth. But this theory has a big problem: Government is a terrible allocator of resources. Spending borrowed money on public infrastructure and even more state employees creates jobs wholly dependent on government spending. Expanding the welfare state also increases dependency and does nothing to expand economic growth in the long term.
This demand-side philosophy rests on the claim that some 70 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) is consumption. Hence boosting consumptionby pouring borrowed money into more food stamps, Obama-phones and extended unemployment benefitswill prime the economic pump.
In fact, however, sustained growth comes from the force underlying consumption: increased productivity. Productivity feeds on private-sector investment. Money spent on government programs is money taken from the private sector. Hence, the best way to spark private sector investment and growth is to reduce government. Less government spending is a pro-growth policy.
Last year I labeled the Presidents economic philosophy Trickle-Down Obamanomics. In last Wednesdays debate, Governor Mitt Romney rechristened it as trickle-down government, which he characterized as the view that bigger government, spending more, taxing more, regulating more would work.
During the debate, the President doubled down on his trickle-down approach. [W]e've got to invest in education and training, he said, by hiring another 100,000 new math and science teachers, and create 2 million more slots in our community colleges so that people can get trained for the jobs that are out there right now. He also recommitted to investing in the energy sources of the future, like wind and solar and biofuels. These are expensive ideas paid for by tax hikes and borrowed cash.
Romney argued that borrowing more to expand government more is are not merely an economic issue, it's a moral issue. I think it's, frankly, not moral for my generation to keep spending massively more than we take in, knowing those burdens are going to be passed on to the next generation and they're going to be paying the interest and the principal all their lives.
President Obama seems to believe that money spent by government winds up benefiting the middle-class and the poor. But the more government taxes private sector job creators, the fewer resources they have to employ middle-class and poor people. More government bureaucrats and union-controlled projects will not be good for the long term growth of the economy.
The Presidents proposed American Jobs Act offers an excellent case study in Trickle-Down Obamanomics. This bill would hikes taxes on individuals making more than $200,000 a year and families making more than $250,000 a year, and impose other tax hikes totaling $450 billion over 10 years. The government would then plow those funds into a $10 billion infrastructure slush fund, and spend $50 billion on union-wage road projects, $30 billion on greening schools, and $35 billion on teachers/first responders.
Its the same philosophy employed throughout the Presidents term. What has it accomplished? Unemployment was 7.8% when he entered the Oval Office; its 7.8% now. More than 22 million Americans are unemployed or under-employed. The percentage of able-bodied Americans participating in the job market is at the lowest level in the 30 years.
Whats at the highest level ever is the national debt. Trickle-down Obamanomics has run up deficits in excess of $1 trillion annually.
The left mocks Romneys statement that he would reduce federal funding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which totaled approximately $1.7 billion over the last four years. It is hard to imagine how the United States will ever balance the budget if even Big Birdemblem the fabulously successful and lucrative Childrens Television Workshopis seen as a sacred cow.
Instead, Washington should chart a tested and true path. Cut taxes; slash government spending, and stop borrowing massive amounts from our kids and grand-kids. The only way to transform our nation back into what Ronald Reagan called that shining city upon the hill is to follow the Reagan Revolution pathway of reduced regulations, lower tax rates and limits to government spending.
I felt one of THE best comments Romney made in the debate overall was the “Trickle Down Government” attack....EXCELLENT descriptive phrase for wealth redistribution on the backs of Taxpayers, for the benefit of Non-Payers.
One of the problems with Government spending is that every Congressman and senator wants to have their fingers in the pie.
Instead of the priorities being need, the priorities become, money for my district to get me re-elected.
When a family finds that income is well below expenses, they should pave the driveway, hire a tutor for the kids, a maid and a gardener....all on borrowed money.
I wish the repubs would learn to put economics 101 in terms that relate to the ordinary family.
What the ordinary family is forced to do is to sell something, cut way back on expenses, etc.
If it is a farm family, they sell their crop, or maybe some cows or timber.
The person without hard assets to sell instead has to sell more of his time, which is another form of asset. He does this by taking a second job or by changing jobs for one that values his time more.
The US has plenty of assets to sell only it is prevented from doing so by the obumbler administration.
BIG GOVERNMENT IS CRONY SOCIALISM
“Socialism Is Legal Plunder” - Bastiat 1801-1850
DEFUND socialist collectives, foreign and domestic.
“Do not listen to this sophistry by vested interests. The acceptance of these arguments will build legal plunder into a whole system. In fact, this has already occurred. The present-day delusion is an attempt to enrich everyone at the expense of everyone else; to make plunder universal under the pretense of organizing it.” - Bastiat 1801-1850
“Progressive” plunderers and tyrannical totalitarians have placed many mandates on our existence, our time of life, our labor. We, our children and grandchildren, have become debt slaves to those organizations of sophisticated socialists.
“Above all, if you wish to be strong, begin by rooting out every particle of socialism that may have crept into your legislation. This will be no light task.” - Bastiat 1801-1850
live - “free” - republic
DEPOPULATE socialists from the body politic.
DEFUNDING PBS yesterday was a good start. /sarcasm
Let’s examine the first one here...
...the AbilityOne Commission...
“Personnel and rent account for more than 85 percent of our total budget request. Funding the agency at $5.396 M is a small but crucial investment in job creation for Americans with the most barriers to stable employment.”
30 pages of “small but crucial”...