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On The Table

posted at 11:12 pm on June 10, 2010 by

Some grim humor could be found earlier this week, in the spectacle of the President’s “deficit reduction commission” going over budget and running out of money.  The entire premise of the commission is absurd.  The deficit is not the problem.  It’s a symptom. The disease is government spending.  No administration or Congress dominated by Democrats has any chance of diagnosing this disease, let alone treating it effectively.  There is some chance the Republicans will do better, but only if we keep on top of them.

Watching this Presidential commission discuss strategies for deficit reduction is like watching a pack of gluttons talk about getting in shape while they prowl up and down a buffet table.  They linger over the deep-fried mortgage interest deduction caps, dip their spoons into the rich chocolate of the VAT tax, and lick their lips as they wait for the expired Bush tax cuts to pop out of the oven.  They end up perched on the edge of creaking chairs, tittering at the wonderfully naughty idea of devouring everyone’s 401k plans for dessert.  It’s a nauseating spectacle that will only end when they’re escorted from the restaurant by angry voters.

The President made some headlines when he reversed his campaign promises, and spoke of broad tax increases being “on the table.”  This is an outrage, in light of the vast, corrupt, and wasteful government Obama presides over.  It’s also dangerously foolish.  The American economy has no more pounds of flesh to feed the government leviathan.  From here on in, everything cut from us will be muscle and bone.  Higher taxes will consume the wealth needed for investment and job creation, reducing the value of the economy… leading to calls for even higher tax rates, to maintain the government’s revenue stream.

President Obama was elected by an emotionally and morally exhausted populace, convinced it could find refuge from the rough battlefields of international prominence and free-market responsibility in the arms of maternal government.  The automated growth of government requires the public’s continued fatigue.  We are assured that every nickel of the bloated State is locked into place, protected by a permanent constituency, and every dollar of its future growth is a matter of destiny.  Spending cuts are impossible, so if you want something done about that deficit, we’ll have to talk about some exciting new tax increases.  As the 2010 campaign swings into high gear, the Democrats will be cautiously probing voters, to learn if they’re weak enough to believe the opponents of those “inevitable” tax increases are the deficit-busting spendthrifts.

I think the Democrats will be disappointed.  The Tea Party movement is all about citizens re-discovering their strength, and rising to challenge a system that claims to be inescapable.  There are a lot of things we want to put “on the table.”  For starters, let’s not send almost half a billion dollars to fund a genocidal terror state dedicated to the destruction of our allies.  We don’t want to eliminate all foreign aid, but we can certainly halt the madcap extravagance of checkbook capitulation to remorseless evil.

No politician has any business talking about tax increases until ObamaCare is repealed.  It’s the most comprehensively failed legislation of the modern era.  Like a taxi that runs on plutonium, it’s costing us a fortune, and making us sick, even while it’s sitting there and doing nothing.  Sold with fanciful promises and fraudulent cost estimates, it’s another expensive scheme to buy votes with taxpayer money, ending with a planned crisis the government will be only too happy to step in and “solve” by seizing even more of our wealth and liberty.  Its passage stymied serious attempts at real improvements to our health-care system, including tort reform and allowing the interstate sale of insurance plans to increase competition.  As with so many other delusional Big Government programs, the opportunity cost of passing ObamaCare, and passing up on reasonable plans that enhance individual liberty, rivals its staggering price tag.  We’ll come trillions closer to a balanced budget by shredding it.

Another item that must be on the table is the abolition of public-sector employee unions.  The entire concept is ridiculous, a system that transforms taxpayers into serfs for a pampered aristocracy that hates them.  Public employee unions produce a cycle of demand, despair, and violence that begins with fingers bitten off, and ends with murder by arson in the streets of Athens.  Much of the loot from Obama’s $800 billion stimulus heist was used to pay off public unions.  All talk of government “austerity” is meaningless babble until these organizations have been dissolved.

The titanic federal payroll surged with incredible speed under Obama, even as private sector employment crashed.  This trend must be reversed, quickly and forcefully.  A government reduced to playing Parcheesi with census workers to inflate employment figures has drained far too many resources from the private sector. Reducing government payroll will cause unemployment to rise in the short term, but releasing both workers and capital into the private sector is the only way to improve the long-term health of the economy.  Those terminated government workers will have to live without their gold-plated benefit packages and bloated salaries, and they’ll need to make do with the same health-care options as the rest of us… but we will find good use for their talents, beyond the imagination of central planners.

The state religion of environmentalism goes on the table, too.  The lawless, unelected bureaucracy of the Environmental Protection Agency must be dissolved.  Further attempts to divert public funds into the global-warming fraud should be prosecuted.  No more rogue government agencies with limitless power, bottomless budgets, and fanatical agendas.  No more forced tithe to the primitive spiritual beliefs of our arrogant elite.

The time has indeed come to put many things on the table.  All of them are dusty, overpriced relics of discredited statist theories and collectivist ideology.  How long has it been since Americans were allowed to tackle anyserious problem by enhancing their liberty?  Who can remember the last time we approached a situation by reducing the burden of regulation and taxation on our private citizens, unleashing their energy and creativity?  When was the last time we were allowed to view a crisis as an opportunity for the private sector, rather than the State?

The government’s table covers thirteen trillion square yards, held together with platinum nails.  It seats an exclusive clientele of top politicians and their allies, but there’s plenty of room beneath it, for the rest of us to fight over the scraps.  We can fit an awful lot of garbage on that table, when we’ve dismissed the representatives who can’t suggest anything but tax increases as a solution to the deficit.  After we complete that process in 2012, we can start chopping the table up for firewood, to fuel the unfettered forges of American industry and imagination.  What happens after that will be unpredictable, uncontrollable, and exhilarating.  We shouldn’t want it any other way.

Cross-posted at www.doczero.org.

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On the table … … out of the ballpark

Dhuka on June 10, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Doc,

You really are the berries – thanks for all you do for all of us.

bbh on June 10, 2010 at 11:41 PM

Another item that must be on the table is the abolition of public-sector employee unions. The entire concept is ridiculous, a system that transforms taxpayers into serfs for a pampered aristocracy that hates them. Public employee unions produce a cycle of demand, despair, and violence that begins with fingers bitten off, and ends with murder by arson in the streets of Athens. Much of the loot from Obama’s $800 billion stimulus heist was used to pay off public unions. All talk of government “austerity” is meaningless babble until these organizations have been dissolved.

The public sector unions syndicates have become like a veritable Katrina on steroids if not the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Tav on June 10, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Doc Zero for President, 2012!

cthulhu on June 10, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Doctor Zero is the Master of Articulation
The Maestro of Enunciation
His words will be to Americans an inspiration
And are exquisitely well crafted to increase the Obama Regimes perspiration!

Or if you would like it put more simply.

He is brillig with his slithy toves
They do gyre and gimble in the wabe
All mimsy are his borogoves
And his mome raths certainly do outgrabe

Cheshire Cat on June 11, 2010 at 12:03 AM

Thanks Doctor Zero what you are doing is very VERY MUCH appreciated by LOTS of us. PLEASE keep doing this.

bigmike on June 11, 2010 at 1:34 AM

Doctor Zero,

There is a new book out there called “Climategate.” Brian Sussman, author of Climategate who is a well respected and veteran meteorologist exposes the Global Warming Scam. Sussman describes how deep the deception of Man Made Global Warming goes, how high in government {EPA and elected officials} its been working, and more importantly it connects all the outside elitist money lender players who plan to benefit from Cap and Trade legislation if it passes.

Sussman also goes into detail how Al Gore went from a 2 million dollar portfolio in 2000 to nearly a half a billion phoney carbon credit empire. In this book you’ll find out that Google and Apple hired Al Gore as their front man. Who was the executive producer of his movie “The Inconvenient Truth” who now heads up an organization called “Capricorn.” It is a well rsearched book. The information in it must be disseminated.

The people behind this con should go to jail for the rest of their lives.

Americannodash on June 11, 2010 at 3:18 AM

All well and good on the necessity to eliminate many dusty agencies, regulations, even laws in some cases. But even a conservative and patriotic House and Senate passing such reforms would have to be veto-proof for any meaningful change to occur. BarryO would most likely veto any and all efforts to curtail his cherished and socialist health law and would not hesitate vetoing any legislation rescinding monies to the unions and other community organizations.

We, the worker bees, must be patient to see this debaucle through. Small steps. First, November 2010, vote early, vote often. Get the real Change started by stopping the madness with the election of more economically astute representatives. Second, November 2012, electing a true leader, conservative in nature, patriotic in spirit, who will heartily sign off on the reduction of government spending, graft and corruption.

Thirdly, stay informed and involved. We can’t let this happen again. As much as I hate to say it, maybe America and Americans needed all this nonsense to come to a head in the manner it has in order for us to draw together in a mutually beneficial manner to re-take the dream that is freedom.

Robert17 on June 11, 2010 at 8:35 AM

I know of a certain former governor who is famous for cutting waste and eliminating corruption in government. Perhaps she would be the best person for the job in 2012?

common sensineer on June 11, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Remember how Reagan dealt with public unions?

How far we have fallen.

logis on June 11, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Never happen. If there is one group of looters who would resort to extreme action to keep their gravy train, it’s the government unions.

Bishop on June 11, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Ditto.

rbj on June 11, 2010 at 12:53 PM

I might add – cut entitlements to illegal aliens.

And as far as public sector unions – let them unionize if they want. Just take away their right to vote.

BowHuntingTexas on June 11, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Another item that must be on the table is the abolition of public-sector employee unions. The entire concept is ridiculous, a system that transforms taxpayers into serfs for a pampered aristocracy that hates them.


YES!

petefrt on June 11, 2010 at 12:57 PM

I would love to see government unions disbanded. They do so much damage to our country in so many ways.

SWChance on June 11, 2010 at 12:59 PM

This one should be Nailed to the Doors of Congress.
Thanks Doc.

tim c on June 11, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Another item that must be on the table is the abolition of public-sector employee unions.

Annihilate.
Eradicate.
Obliterate.

Count to 10 on June 11, 2010 at 1:09 PM

I would like to see all “Entitlements” changed so that congress must vote on their budgets every single year. There should be NO automatic spending. The only reason they did this was to protect themselves from making tough decisions. Of course, if it was really about “public service”, they’d be willing to make tough decisions.

happi on June 11, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Can these people be this stupid, or is this a deliberate effort?

The Obama brand of National Socialism isn’t working and it will never work just like every other version of the same stupid idea.

Why do they keep on insanely pushing the same dumb ideas?

Chip on June 11, 2010 at 1:16 PM

The Regime reminds me of this guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlK62rjQWLk

CurtZHP on June 11, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Eliminate not only the EPA, but the Department of Education as well, another sop to teachers’ unions left over from the Carter era. Control over education issues should be returned to the states, but I fear that they have become accustomed to the public teat, and will not be weaned easily. In addition, the Department of Energy, ostensibly created to counter our dependence on foreign oil during the “energy crisis” in the 1970s, has not only failed in its conceived mission, but soaks up billions of tax dollars to come up with policies that work in opposition to anything resembling a sane energy policy. Can Congress cut the deficit? Absolutely. But will anyone have the stones to take real action in cutting the federal budget? I’d like to say “yes,” but I’m just not that confident.

College Prof on June 11, 2010 at 1:27 PM

I wish there was a way to cram all of this into a 30-second commercial.

stevezilla on June 11, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Never forget this:

ObamaCare was passed without representation of the citizenry. It was passed via “reconciliation”.

A bill this size and scope has NEVER been passed via reconciliation and if it was ever to be attempted during the Bush administration, they MSM and the Dems would have gone ballistic and “Frontline”, PBS, 60 Minutes, and all the rest of the screaming memes would be saying it’s the end of the world.

Scott Brown was voted in by the people to stop Obamacare and the Dems simply laughed it off and forced this monstrosity down the collective throat of the citizens of this Republic.

Doing so was the end of representative government in this Country.

Opposite Day on June 11, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Doc Zero is My Hero, for putting my “cold steel” opinions into “platinum” words.

Three cheers!

Hip-Hip…

Who is John Galt on June 11, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Doc,

The only person to have a better week than you was Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals (and I got to see him strike out 14 batters LIVE at Natstown!)…

Thanks for another GREAT column!

Khun Joe on June 11, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Doctor Zero is writing The American Manifesto.

ExpressoBold on June 11, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Never happen. If there is one group of looters who would resort to extreme action to keep their gravy train, it’s the government unions.

Bishop on June 11, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Then maybe it’s time. This infected pus boil needs to be lanced.

Fishoutofwater on June 11, 2010 at 2:39 PM

RE: the $400 Million going to the Palestinians:

If we’re going to spend the money, why not buy goods and supplies that don’t violate restrictions on items going into Gaza from U.S. businesses, and ship them over ourselves? This would prevent the money from being spent on means to mount attacks on Israel, and help U.S. businesses at the same time.

LooseCannon on June 11, 2010 at 2:59 PM

President Obama was elected by an emotionally and morally exhausted populace?

He was elected by idiots who have no business anywhere near a polling place.

Morally exhausted. Spare me that bullsh!t. Most of those same clowns that ‘elected’ this incompetent fool sit around watching E, Entertainment Tonight, reading People Magazine, and stuffing their faces. Always have to find out which Hollywood ‘star’ is boinking who, who just had a baby by whom, fawning over some lesbian movie star exchanging vows with her life partner (that usually lasts two months), I could go on.
Morally exhausted, my big ol’ butt!

How about morally bankrupt and emotionally deficient?

Lanceman on June 11, 2010 at 2:59 PM

When was the last time we were allowed to view a crisis as an opportunity for the private sector, rather than the State?

Not a crisis per se, but JFK’s challenge to go to the moon. Which just so happened to result in the greatest technological boon in human history. 50 years later these government leeches view the private sector not as an asset that produces wealth and prosperity, but as prey to be exploited. Corporations, the private sector, are EVIL, therefore they must be punished and dominated by the State. Same old Socialist lie that goes all the way back to Marx.

infidel4life on June 11, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Doctor Zero should be required reading in high school. To bad they are controlled by unions.

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