As we go into the election year, we’re going to see some familiar themes. As usual, the statists will couch their ideas in kind sounding terms in an attempt to sugar coat their desire for power and control. Since these little platitudes are going to be coming in torrents over the next few months, I thought it might be a good idea to parse them. First up, the latest meme from the Democrats…
This one is designed to appeal to our more egalitarian nature. After all, how do products get made without workers? How do they get to the local store without truck drivers, and warehouse workers? What about the It does seem to fit, but they leave out one important thing…there has to be someone who has a vision, and is willing to work tirelessly to make that vision a reality. For example, without Steve Jobs, the truck drivers and warehouse workers that transport, handle, and sell I-pods, I-pads, and I-phones would be idle. This thinking applies to the local pizza shop as well. Can the person make the pizza without their workers? Probably not. But, without the person with the vision and drive to start the pizza shop, there would be no workers.
This thinking also display a disdain for freedom. Yes, we all rely on each other to get things done. But, in the private sector, this reliance are based on voluntary contracts. If you are working for the local pizza shop, you can choose to work for another, go work in another area entirely, or even go off and start your own shop. We choose to engage on mutually beneficial relationships with employers, and the employers do the same, both ends are based on choice. Also, businesses, both large and small, try to keep costs low, and services high, in order to gain these voluntary contracts. But again, these are voluntary systems, and in a real free market, “free” is the operative term.
The problem with the government’s intervention in these areas is the denial of that choice. Government dictates-it is force. In a condition in which force is applied, there are no choices. They intend on forcing the pizza shop owner, or the CEO of a large company, to part with more and more wealth to make things “fair.” Then, to make up the losses, the business has a choice, which might include…
Lay off workers
Eliminate positions by attrition
Do not expand and avoid hiring more workers
Of course, in a high tax, high regulatory environment, others may be discouraged from even starting businesses, which, again, eliminates choices for consumers, employees, and employers. And, by reducing employment opportunities, it creates more dependency on the government, and therefore, more Democratic voters. In the end, it does grant the government more power, and therefore, control.
And that, my friends, is the real objective.