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Now's The Time to Return to Capitalism ^ | March 23, 2013 | Rich Tucker

Posted on 03/23/2013 8:13:00 AM PDT by Kaslin

Politicians and basketball coaches know that you never answer the question a reporter asks you; you answer the question you want to answer.

So it was with an opinion piece in the March 17 edition of The Washington Post titled “Is Capitalism Moral?” The newspaper assigned Steven Pearlstein, a business columnist who doesn’t seem to care much for businesses, to answer that question.

But Pearlstein didn’t seem to want to. Instead, he made his piece broader, writing about the broad problems in American politics today. “Careening from debt-ceiling crisis to sequestration to a looming government shutdown, the nation is caught up in a historic debate over the proper size and role of government,” the piece begins.

Well, all that has nothing to do with capitalism, and everything to do with a long overdue conversation. Government is growing, and has been doing so on autopilot for decades. It’s about time our leaders talked about ways to make government less invasive.

Next, Pearlstein asserts: “Here at home, large swaths of the economy have been deregulated, and tax rates have been cut. A good portion of what is left of government has been outsourced.”

Well, forget deregulation. Quite the opposite. “During the three years of the Obama Administration, a total of 106 new major regulations have been imposed at a cost of more than $46 billion annually,” The Heritage Foundation reported last year.

The biggest bills in recent years are Obamacare and Dodd-Frank. The former has generated some 20,000 pages of regulations, and counting. As for Dodd-Frank, The law firm Davis Polk tracks the law and reported that as of March 1, regulators have missed 63 percent of their deadlines for issuing rules. Barely more than a third of the required rules have been finalized.

As far as “outsourcing” goes, it’s the rest of the country that has suffered from it, not Washington.

Just before President Obama took office, ABC news reported that “All 50 states are now in a recession or at risk of falling into one.” Yes, all 50 states. But not everywhere. The non-state was, and is, doing just fine. “The District of Columbia, with its government and government-related jobs, still has an expanding economy.” How about that.

Even with the sequester in place, the feds are hiring. Want to be “a Correspondence Control Specialist, in the Office of the Executive Secretariat, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response?” says that job pays up to $97,000 per year. To open mail. There are at least 785 federal job listings in D.C. alone, and most have been posted since the sequester took effect. A brief hiring freeze could vastly reduce spending, and it’s unlikely anyone would be inconvenienced.

Pearlstein, to his credit, does point out a problem on the Left: Its battle against income inequality leaves some crucial terms undefined. “One problem with liberals’ equal­ opportunity argument is that they have yet to articulate the moral principles with which to determine how far the evening-up should go — not just with education but with child care, health care, nutrition, after-school and summer programs, training, and a host of other social services,” he writes.

Another problem, of course, is that it’s far easier to even things up by taking income away from those who are successful than it is to help those at the bottom learn what it takes to succeed. “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money,” President Obama ad-libbed in 2010. And if the government is going to decide where that “point” is at which you’ve made “enough money,” it’s giving itself the power to take away anything you own.

As columnist David Brooks noted recently, “many progressives seem to believe that government is the horse, the source of growth, job creation and prosperity. Capitalism is just a feeding trough that government can use to fuel its expansion.” But if the private economy isn’t growing, the only way to fuel the growth of government is through more borrowing. And that’s only going to lead to a collapse down the road.

To return to the newspaper’s original question, the simple answer is “no.” Capitalism isn’t moral. Nor is it immoral. It’s amoral -- that is to say, capitalism is indifferent to morality. It’s simply an economic system that, while imperfect, works much better for more people than any other economic system ever attempted. Just look at communism, socialism, feudalism and colonialism for failed models.

We need to return to capitalism, and move away from the government-first ideas that are dragging the economy down.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: capitalism; federalgovernment; jobs; washingtondc
Caption of the photo: U.S. President Barack Obama holds up his plan for jobs during a campaign rally in Delray, Florida October 23, 2012.

Would it surprise you if the pages are blank?

1 posted on 03/23/2013 8:13:00 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
I have to disagree with the author here. Walter Williams makes the point that under a capitalist system, you have to serve your fellow man in order to make a living. The better you serve your fellow man, the better you live. What could be more moral than that?
2 posted on 03/23/2013 8:16:33 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (Buck Off, Bronco Bama)
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To: Kaslin

Might as well. It’s obvious that socialism isn’t going to work here either. America is broke.

3 posted on 03/23/2013 8:18:23 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Whatever happened to the land of the free, home of the brave?)
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To: Hardastarboard
A centerpiece of capitalism is trust. So, in that aspect, one could consider it 'moral'.
4 posted on 03/23/2013 8:19:40 AM PDT by Theoria
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To: Kaslin

I think capitalism is neither moral nor immoral. It can be used by the immoral to hurt the weak.

Socialism/ Marxism, however, IS immoral because it weakens the masses by designed deceit to repress the masses.

5 posted on 03/23/2013 8:56:08 AM PDT by RatRipper (Self-centeredness, greed, envy, deceit and lawless corruption has killed this once great nation.)
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To: Kaslin
DC and the surrounding region is the ONLY region that is booming right now. Big government IS big business now. Either you work for the government, work for a government favored company, your business has a presence on K street, or you do not matter, you only exist to be used until you are no longer useful. At one point this was called fascism, but now it is just “the cost of doing business”, and those who play ball, win big.
6 posted on 03/23/2013 9:03:32 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: RatRipper
I think capitalism is neither moral nor immoral.

Capitalism has lift more people out of poverty and misery than all other systems combined throughout history. I don't think you can get much more moral than that.
7 posted on 03/23/2013 9:10:27 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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We should call it a return to a free market instead. The word capitalism was coined by Marx.

8 posted on 03/23/2013 9:59:27 AM PDT by bigtoona
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You hit the nail on its head. Look around the world and you notice clearly the the “poor” fare best and have the greatest upward mobility in the countries which score highly in economic freedom.

9 posted on 03/23/2013 10:58:56 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Kaslin

Now’s The Time to Return to Capitalism

True... all you need is three things and a dog..

1) Scarecrow..
2) Tin Man....
3) Cowardly Lion..

Note: The Quest for the Great Oz.. is Yellowy and Crooked..

10 posted on 03/23/2013 11:30:33 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: hosepipe
1) Scarecrow: The Midwest farmer.
2) Tin Man: The Northern factory worker
3) Cowardly Lion: William Jennings Bryan

The Quest for the Great Oz.. is Yellowy and Crooked:

The Yellow Brick Road: The Gold Standard
Emerald City: Washington DC, awash in greenbacks.
The Wizard of OZ: The President

11 posted on 03/23/2013 11:43:00 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: Hardastarboard

Well the difference is Walter Williams is an economist. The author is not

12 posted on 03/23/2013 11:47:37 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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