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Thoughts On The Spending Conundrum
Government item by Thomas D. Segel - Feb 13, 2011

What is written here are far from being new thoughts.  These words have been said time and again.  Usually they fall on deaf ears.  But, we keep repeating them in various forms, hoping they will start a fire within the general public, which in turn will demand action to resolve our national mess.  We have all heard that the newly elected conservative Republicans are doing battle with the older Republican-Lite crowd on the issue of how deep to make the budget cuts and roll back big government spending.  For now the true conservatives seem to be winning the day.  This minor word war has moved me to think about the entire spectrum of the current governmental buy-a-thon.

First off, everyone should understand that our government does not produce any ”real” spending money. Admittedly, it can keep printing all those new dollars that are backed by nothing but the ink on the Treasury printing press.  But, wealth it cannot run through the printer.  Because it makes no true wealth there is nothing to spend except that which is forcibly taken away from those citizens who do generate the money.

Thus, every time a bureaucrat or other politico bemoans cutting the education budget because it will be denying some child the opportunity for advancement, it can be equally arguable that taking those tax dollars from you for someone else’s’ child in need could be denying your own child the educational dollars you will no longer have to advance his or her education.

This argument can be extended to Social Security.  For every dollar the government takes away from you to fund the retirement of an elderly citizen, it has also taken away another dollar from your retirement.  Those dollars sent from your wallet to the ever-leaking purse that funds Medicare translate into healthcare dollars you no longer have for yourself or your family.

In words of simplicity, every government expenditure is made with currency taken directly away from individuals and businesses under penalty of law.  Even the revenue gained by the government fees, services, sales of lands and tangible property…then spent on other individuals, businesses or properties was not created by those elected officials, but instead was taken away from the people.

In a day when our children, our grandchildren and even our great grandchildren have already inherited the massive debt brought on by our uncontrolled feeding from the governmental free-lunch counter, we need a no holds barred attack on everything now being funded by that empty national piggy bank.  However, those who make the hard choices are always the first ones attacked.  If it is suggested that anything from Social Security to food stamps be trimmed, the one making the recommendation is charged with wanting people to live without shelter or wishing the poor would starve.  Suggest cuts in education and the idea is demonized as hurting the children or putting teachers out on the streets. Perhaps the first thing we should do is pass legislation making it illegal to complain about budget cutting.

The massive bailouts of the past several years should have taught us all a very important lesson…you can’t spend your way into prosperity.  Every dollar we spend is a dollar we take directly out of the American family bank account.  None of us can speak for the other taxpayer.  But, for myself, I’d like to see an end to any expenditure I had no voice in approving. 

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