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Government Is Not a Goal, It Is a Tactic
And Now It Is a Republican Tactic...
[by Mac Johnson] 9/19/05
to believe that the Democrats sought to expand government because
of a philosophical affinity for socialism and social spending.
Thursday, after watching the President’s Grand Central
Plan for the Redevelopment of the Gulf Coast, I realized that
the old collectivist philosophies were just excuses for justifying
and celebrating what they wanted to do anyway: take credit
through taking control. The real motivation to spend was simply
that they were the party in power and could therefore take
credit for the spending. Every dollar spent ingratiated voters
and advertised the party.
the party out of power is outflanked and out-bribed by government
spending, since the opposing party will receive credit for
it. So they have a natural affinity for fiscal restraint and “caution.”
Johnson is a freelance writer and biologist in Cambridge,
Mass. Mr. Johnson holds a Doctorate in Molecular and
Cellular Biology from Baylor College of Medicine. He
is a frequent opinion contributor to Human
Events Online. His website can be found at macjohnson.com [go
to Johnson index]
One of the more remarkable and transparent events of the last
few years has been watching Democrats caution America about Government
spending. One of the more depressing events I have ever witnessed
is the growth of spending under George W. Bush. Government has
grown faster under Bush than it ever did under Clinton. Republicans
write the budget and it is huge. There is no bridge too useless,
no road too isolated, no constituency too self-interested not
be funded at an increased rate in every budget.
Republicans once fought to reduce the size of government and
restore power -- which is manifested in money -- to the people
that generated it. Now they fight for a community swimming pool
or a fish hatchery or one more lane on a suburban interstate.
Why? Because they can now take credit for it. The bribe they
hated when it worked for their opponents, they love when it works
So the party in power has changed and yet Government
grows. Affirmative action and quotas grow. The border is opened
wider. Debt grows. Regulation grows. Productive areas are still
taxed to subsidize failed areas. And it’s all in a quest
for one more vote. It is the pandering of ambitious whores unburdened
And the Democrats only regret is that they can’t
be the ones taking full credit for it all.
Teach a man to fish and you may feed him for
a lifetime –but
who needs that? Give a man a fish and he will know where to beg
for his next meal. And since you can just tax and borrow all
the fish you need, why not pass out “free” tartar
sauce while you’re at it?
I am totally disgusted with our President’s “plan” for
the Gulf Coast. Here’s a different plan: quit planning.
Let people live according to what is efficient and naturally
rewarding. Quit subsidizing life in a hole by the sea. Quit deciding
what zones will be enterprising. Quit deciding what color of
entrepreneurs should be successful. Quit being the new party
of Big Government.
Be a damn Conservative or watch your supporters leave you standing
alone at the ballot box.
The Republican Party is on the verge of collapse at the moment
of its greatest power. Conservatives, more than I have ever seen
in my life, are considering just walking away out of disgust.
Bush has sold out his faithful to try and buy the votes of his
enemies. He will end up with the support of neither. tOR
2005 Mac Johnson