Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mark Steyn Says Only Thing Being "Stimulated" Is Statism

Mark Steyn is one of my favorite columnists, authors and commentators, as he rarely minces words when talking about the pressing issues of the day and where they may be leading (pushing?) us. Even if he doesn't always get things exactly right, he still makes a compelling, if not a little uncomfortable, argument to bolster his assertions.

Like me, he feels things are heading in a decidedly totalitarian direction right now, one that is going to negatively impact the prosperity, not to mention the freedom and liberty of future generations of Americans.

His writings are never going to give the reader a warm, fuzzy feeling about the world in which we reside. They aren't meant to, as cold, hard reality is neither kind nor sensitive.
The stimulus will do nothing for the economy, but it will dramatically advance the cause of statism (as Mark Levin rightly calls it). Last week's vote in California is a snapshot of where this leads: The gangster regime in Sacramento is an alliance between a corrupt and/or craven political class wholly owned by a public sector union-bureaucracy extortion racket. So what if the formerly Golden State goes belly-up? They'll pass the buck to Washington, and those of us in nonprofligate jurisdictions will get stuck with the tab. At some point, the dwindling band of citizens still foolish enough to earn a living by making things, selling things or providing services other than government-funded program coordination will have to vote against not just taxes but specific agencies and programs – hundreds and thousands of them.
You can read Mark's entire excellent column here.

As always, it is a most interesting read.

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When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered. -Dorothy Thompson