What is the role of government in our economy? Should we tax the wealthy higher and raise the minimum wage to induce “fairness”? What is the solution to poverty?
Recently I was asked by a website to join an esteemed list of contributors, most of whom are smarter and more well-known than me, offering their thoughts on these and other economic questions facing the country.
With folks representing the Cato Institute, Club for Growth, and Stanford University, as well as names like Dinesh D’Souza, Grover Norquist, Star Parker, and James Taranto having already answered the site’s questions, I was wondering what it is I could possibly contribute to the conversation that hadn’t already been said?
That’s when it dawned on me that often debates about the future of the country immediately jump to the conclusion of our worldview, when we should be arguing the premise .
For example, we argue small government vs. big government, when the real argument is why someone is for small government or big government. Drawing this distinction is more important than ever before, because there is a debate within conservative circles about whether small government and freedom can occur in a vacuum apart from addressing the moral issues or the condition of the culture.
And the answer to that question is absolutely not.
You cannot have small/self-government without first having a moral people capable of governing themselves, and you cannot have a moral people without the sort of spiritual awakening in a culture that preceded this republic in the first place. It’s no coincidence the more we collectively turn our backs on our spiritual heritage, the immoral the culture becomes, and thus the bigger government gets. For if men will not be ruled by God he must be ruled by other men, otherwise there’s no higher authority we can call upon to settle our disputes and disagreements with one another. The more we need the rule of man, the bigger the government gets. The more we submit to the rule of God, the smaller the government gets.
With this in mind, I decided to answer their questions from a worldview standpoint rather than attempt to discuss tactical economics with those who know a lot more about it than I do. If we cannot challenge the premise of the Left’s belief system we cannot deconstruct it, and if we can’t deconstruct it we certainly will not be able to defeat it. Currently, we are not challenge the Left’s premise, we are venting about the conclusion/application of their premise.
Steve Deace's nationally-syndicated radio show airs coast-to-coast each weeknight from 9-Midnight eastern, including many of the Salem Radio Network's top conservative talk stations in markets like New York City, Houston, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Minneapolis. His radio program has been featured in major media such as Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, The Weekly Standard, and National Review among others. In 2013 he wrote the second-most shared column of the year for USA Today, defending "Duck Dynasty" and traditional American values. In addition to being a contributor for Town Hall.com, Deace is also a columnist for The Washington Times. He is also the author of the new book Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again, which includes a foreword by David Limbaugh and is endorsed by a who's who of conservative leaders. You can follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.