By Jeff Rutherford
Liberals are freaking out. Many call themselves Progressives. Most won’t say it, but that really means they want ‘progress on the way to socialism’. Unconstrained growth of the federal government to control more and more aspects of citizens’ lives is their goal — their end zone. Most avoid saying their goal is socialism, but it is. Despite no socialist nation having ever achieved sustained prosperity, it remains their Utopian dream.
But the other team has the ball now. The Conservatives’ end zone is in the opposite direction, encouraging prosperity via smaller & simpler government. To sustain prosperity, Conservatives believe in shrinking (though not eliminating) intrusive regulations and excessive taxes on brave and bold small businesses and individual citizens, letting each person’s natural appetite for personal improvement lead America to prosperity.
Truly underprivileged and destitute people deserve a targeted safety net in an affluent society, but that net must not be managed so loosely that able-bodied people take advantage of too many disincentives to working and earning their own keep. There are way too many such able-bodied and able-minded freeloaders — that’s why Utopian socialism can never work.
Conservative fiscal policy intends to get the government mostly out of the way so small businesses can flourish and create more jobs for those able-bodied folks to join in a stronger economy. Liberals have a thousand talking points designed to refute the advantages of small government and exaggerate the shortcomings of free markets. But their team doesn’t have the ball right now. They had 8 years of micromanaging every aspect of the economy, and they never achieved even one year of 3% GDP growth. They averaged just 1.48%. All their words aside, that fact speaks for itself.
Want an early indication that there is a new feeling of business and worker optimism since the election? Investor’s Business Daily had this to say yesterday about the January Jobs Report:
“The Labor Force Participation rate, the broadest measure of labor demand, rose two-tenths of a percentage point to 62.9%, its highest level in four months. For those who argue that the labor force is ‘too tight,’ a big increase in labor force participation is the answer.
Even more heartening, however, is that by the household survey — a separate poll of households, rather than businesses — full-time employment hit a record high in January, rising 457,000 in the month to 124.705 million. At the same time, the number of part-time jobs plunged by 490,000, a sign the “part-time” economy may be nearing its end and a “full-time” economy taking its place.
The household number includes small businesses and startups not counted by the payroll data. So it’s a positive sign that the very small business sector is creating jobs in anticipation of real economic growth.”
If Liberals are watching to see if Conservatives offer comprehensive government-imposed solutions to health insurance, energy markets, financial institutions, education, etc, they’ll definitely be disappointed, and then they’ll be sarcastically critical. They’ll say, “See, the GOP doesn’t have any comprehensive solutions for how the government will control everything.” Well of course they don’t. They’re guided by a different vision of growth and prosperity that’s not so centrally managed by elite masterminds.
True Conservatives (excluding many moderate Republicans, unfortunately) believe in the huge strength of private enterprise and individual liberty. They believe that government doesn’t encompass THE WHOLE SOCIETY. Government is only a PART OF SOCIETY — and a subordinate part. The society is us, all of us, including private enterprise and individuals making their own choices. I don’t want to be as tightly controlled and forced into conformity as during the last 8 years.