When Boehner rushed through a 2015 budget before last year’s election could have any effect on it, we were left waiting for the 2016 budget to see if our votes would have any impact on federal spending. The House Budget Committee has just given us our first clue with their proposed a 2016 budget of 3.8 trillion dollars.
While their budget does do some important things like privatizing Medicare, giving the states more control over Medicaid and repealing Obama Care, I think someone should explain to them that a budget cut means spending less next year than you did this year.
The power to affect millions of lives is just too seductive. Instead of actually cutting the budget by so much as a dollar, Republicans are working like liberals to solve hundreds of problems affecting millions of people, evidently not worried too much about who is going to pay for it.
The reason it never works is that the government only has one tool for solving any problem. The use of force to control behavior. If you don’t buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, they will arrest you for tax evasion and put you in a cage, and they expected that to save us $2,400 per family in health care costs.
The harder the government tries to help the economy the easier it is for big business and the harder it is for small business. The more regulated an industry, the bigger and fewer the players. To the extent that our economy has recovered since 2009, it is almost all big business, while small businesses are going out of business in record numbers.
If the Justice Department, when it investigated what went wrong in Ferguson Missouri, would have asked how many of the people who have been burning and looting the town live off of welfare instead of a job, they would have found that the people of Ferguson are victims of government problem solving, as is Detroit and most other large American cities.
Every time the government tries to fix something, they make it worse. Then to fix that failed program they increase its budget. When that doesn’t work, they create a new program to solve the problems created by the first. That is how the federal budget grew from a trillion dollars when Regan was in office, to 3 trillion under G.W. Bush and to 3.6 trillion this year. Spending 3.8 trillion next year is not going to help.
The sad thing is, we have a political solution to most of our problems. The limited government, maximum freedom and no foreign entanglements without a declaration of war delineated clearly and simply by our Constitution.
March 20, 2015