I swear I thought I linked the following video when I first saw it a week or so ago, but Instapundit linked it yesterday and I didn’t — until now:
The point of the video is that regulations — including residential zoning laws — now place such a high threshold on going into business as an entrepreneur and then hassle small businesses so much that government is now actively killing jobs and destroying wealth creation in the very womb.
So, with Republicans elected as fiscal conservatives ready to take over the purse strings in the House of Representatives in January, thanks to their promises to end our economic depression and create jobs, what have they jumped on as their top priorities?:
- Job one looks like a purely social conservative agenda of ensuring second-class citizenship for gays and the right of the majority to impose their religion on everyone else. It is legitimate in a country born of the fight for individual liberty to coerce people to do things you have not been able to persuade them to do.
- Kill the useless eaters. Eliminate Medicaid and Medicare, which serve the most vulnerable members of society, most of whom cannot work. They are an intolerable burden and deserve to die.
I wonder if this is why we are called “Rethuglicans”? Contra Jim DeMint and John Hawkins, it’s starting to look to me like there is really no such thing as the fiscal conservative/social conservative. For one thing, the first is pro-liberty and the latter is most vehemently anti-liberty, especially regarding freedom of religion and equality for women and gays. The two inherently do not go together. And since a startling number of newly elected fiscal conservatives are ripping off their masks to reveal they intend to pursue the agenda of social conservatives as their priority, it’s reasonable to consider the possibility the ones doing that were liars all along.
However, supposing that the newly-elected fiscal conservatives are indeed honest and sincere, here’s what they doing that is crazy, now they will be ascendant in the House:
- Scaring the living hell out of the majority of the populace by vowing to balance the budget by gutting or eliminating the programs that mostly assist people who cannot work: kill the useless eaters. If you really, really, really, REALLY want people to stick like barnacles where they are AND to hate you with a passion, start by scaring them.
- Making sure people feel trapped and hopeless by telling them they must endure great pain and hardship for the rest of their lives because of their enemies, the grievance groups, and the useless eaters.
One definition of crazy is to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result. The “same thing” Republicans are doing is scaring people and focusing only on hardships and austerities, mostly for people who aren’t them. It’s crazy because it makes it simple for Democrats to position themselves as Santa Claus, even though they’re Stalin. If you want to lead people to a goal, the reason you use a carrot is that people will go straight for the carrot. The reason you don’t use a stick is that people will scatter and run in every direction that takes them away from the stick.
When the goal is to improve your financial situation, you can do it two ways: cut expenses and increase your income. If you increase your income enough, the only reasons you will have to cut expenses are positive ones: changes in your needs and priorities.
Fiscal conservatism is the REAL Santa Claus because it creates the structure required for the largest number of people to make the most of themselves and fulfill their dreams.
So, the objectives that fiscal conservatives can set that would be sane and honest — that is, consistent with the real values of fiscal conservatism — are the ones that increase our income, that create wealth.
In short, newly-elected fiscal conservatives, GET BUSY MAKING SURE CHUCK CAN GET HIS BUSINESS OFF THE GROUND!!!