Skip to comments.The Inbred Corruption of Washington
Posted on 09/11/2013 5:30:04 AM PDT by Kaslin
At the risk of oversimplifying, there are two major challenges to overcome when youre a pro-freedom policy wonk in Washington.
The first challenge is getting people to connect the dots.
They may understand that the job market is weak and they may understand that redistribution programs are overly generous, but can you help them understand that the job market is weak in part becauseredistribution programs make work relatively unattractive?
They may understand that the federal government is bloated and they may understand that theres a big problem with corruption in Washington, but can you make them understand that theres a lot of sleaze in Washington because government has so much power?
They may understand that the corporate tax burden is very high and they may understand that American companies sometimes arent very competitive, but can you help them understand that its difficult for firms to compete because theyre saddled with high tax rates?
The second challenge is getting policy makers to do the right thing when doing the wrong thing means more money and power for the political class.
Lets consider the problem of corruption. And I dont just mean illegal corruption, though theres plenty of that in Washington. Im talking about the everyday graft and sleaze that is perfectly legal, such as when dozens of politicians are caught red-handed supporting legislation that would line their pockets.
Using fiscal policy as an example, how do you get these people to do the right thing? They may understand at least conceptually that the United States faces a huge long-run fiscal nightmare because of an ever-growing burden of government spending. They may even vote for theRyan budget, which theoretically commits them to supporting meaningful entitlement reform.
But the real fight occurs when you ask them to support policies such as sequestration thatactually slow the growth of Leviathan and require them to say no to lobbyists. Particularly when many lobbyists are their former colleagues and staffers!
To get a sense of what I mean, check out these excerpts from a book review in The Economist.
Washington has always had a permanent establishment of politicians, lobbyists and journalists. But this class has exploded in size in recent decades, and has become more introspective and self-serving. The lobbying industry has spent billions greasing the revolving door: in 2009 alone, special interests spent $3.47 billion lobbying the federal government. In 1974 3% of retiring policymakers became lobbyists. Now 50% of senators and 42% of congressmen do. a change election that was supposed to sweep aside the old order and create a politics fit for the 21st century. But the Washington machine soon took over. once in the capital, these same figures cashed in on their public service by getting lucrative jobs as lobbyists, bankers or talking heads. David Plouffe, an adviser to the president, joined the jackals at Bloomberg television. Mr Orszag went to Citigroup. Meanwhile, the citys politicos grew richer while the rest of the country was mired in recession. Washington now has a higher income per person than Silicon Valley.
The final sentence of that passage is very depressing. Or it should be. Do we really want a society where becoming part of the political machine is the easiest path to wealth? Are there any nations that have prospered using that model?
Or is that a symptom of a country on a downward slide?
I dont know the answer, but its very depressing to look at this map and see that 10 of the 15 richest counties in the nation are part of the Washington metropolitan area.
We now have something akin to an imperial capital being supported by coerced tribute from the serfs in the outer provinces.
And as this video explains, all of this unearned wealth is made possible by a bloated budget, a Byzantine tax code, and a maze of complicated regulations.
P.S. The latest example of Washington graft is the way that Obamacare has turned into a get-rich-quick scheme for DC insiders.
P.P.S. Down in Louisiana, Boudreaux and Thibodeaux have a rather sensible view about political corruption.
Okay, then. We all agree that there's NOTHING we can do to convince them to do the right thing.
That means the only thing we CAN do is get different policy makers - by whatever means necessary.
New policy makers will go the way of previous policy makers. The STRUCTURE of our consolidated government must be restored to a federal configuration.
An Article V state amendment convention is our only hope.
The Obama Foreign Policy: Move forward by leading from behind, and stonewall anyone who claims that Obama looks like an ASS.
REMEMBER BENGHAZI !
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
Sorry to say, mere men will not be able to cleanse the pustule that is Washington. It’s too far gone.
This is a job for the living God. The end result won’t be pretty.
I would not call this inbred corruption.
This is more of an enterprise that is so big that change is nearly impossible.
All you have to do is to look at any large company and what you find is after a while, the company will not change until it has a near death experience with bankruptcy and sometimes even that does not work.
I still remember the bankruptcy of eastern airlines where the rally cry was “full pay until the last day”.
Even Reagan and later Gingrich failed to change Washington.
It is simply too big.
The ONLY thing that will work is to starve the federal beast. Do everything you can to reduce money going to these traitors - or take money from the system. Either way, it'll hasten the inevitable collapse and rebirth (like many Rat infested cities are forced into).
Putting new people in office may ruffle some feathers in the short term (Ted Cruz, Rand Paul... wako birds), but there are WAY too many powerful entities who rule over, unimpeded, our laws, regulations, education, health, energy, food sources, protection, savings, and everything else related to living in the USA. The only way to stop it is to starve it - stop funding big gov.