The caretakers of our three constitutional branches, plus their respective bureaucracies, go to great trouble to convince voters that this time they have stumbled upon the perfect government-mandated solutions for all our maladies. If a majority of us non-elites in the far flung hinterlands would just trust them this time, then wow, life in these United States would be nothing but a cornucopia of bliss.
Of course, over 200 years of American history has shown us that our elected, appointed and career government employees are not motivated by the goal of solving problems. If they were, they wouldn’t so cavalierly pass laws that create new problems or aggravate existing conditions.
It’s not like the rest of us Americans haven’t figured out that the free market, unencumbered by the mandates and regulations of government, provides the best avenue to individual prosperity and the best avenue to affordable and accessible health care for everyone.
But the government’s game is not really about health care, or encouraging every American to achieve and pay for his own retirement, or ensuring low energy costs in our blessed land of abundance. Power and control over the citizenry is government’s mantra.
The politicians’ goal is to promise voters whatever they want in exchange for votes: immediate withdrawal from Iraq, free health care, retirement supplements, welfare for poor women and children, pork barrel projects, citizenship for illegal aliens and thousands of special credits written into the tax code.
For example, President Bush’s latest budget proposes to spend $2.9 trillion to fund government next year, an increase of over 52 percent since his 2001 budget. Yet the New York Times says it contains “shortsighted and cruel” program cuts. The president wants to give the liberals their illegal alien amnesty plan, and they criticize him for protecting our security in the Middle East. He signed into law the largest entitlement in American history – the Medicare prescription drug program – and they call it a giveaway to the drug companies. He increases accountability and federal oversight of the disastrous public education system and they say he doesn’t spend enough.
When spending alone isn’t enough to purchase votes and secure power, the left manufactures crises that don’t exist, like global warming and a supposed inability for most people to purchase prescription medications.
Herman Cain is the National Chairman of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute. He is the former president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Inc., and currently is CEO and president of T.H.E. New Voice, Inc., a business and leadership consulting company.
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