I choose to live in the real world of “fact and history” rather than the world of “theory and speculation”. Liberalism espouses a belief that without an Orwellian type Big Brother overlord (aka The US Federal Government); the people of America are simply incapable of reaching out a helping hand to those in need.
The facts of history attest just the opposite to be true. One example is the great flood of Dayton, Ohio in 1913; the worst flood in the history of Ohio. Not a single federal dollar was spent to rebuild Dayton. But, it happened.
It happened because Americans care about their neighbors, including the rich businesses who donated millions of dollars in supplies and materials to rebuild Dayton. The national Democrat Party (the home of liberal thought) is the greatest encumbrance to the development and expansion of small businesses across the land.
Think about it. When liberals go after the rich, evil corporations; how do they do it? Through taxation of products produced OR through increased regulatory oversight. The net effect is that it makes it more costly for those corporations to do business in America. So, they either move off shore, or they simply raise the price of their goods to offset their increases in costs. The persons penalized become the employee and the consumer; not the corporations.
Now consider the small business man. He can’t afford the costs of additional taxes on the products he produces and he can’t move his operations offshore. He can’t afford the costs of another, endless series of studies, permits, and government regulators interfering into his daily operations. So, what does he do … he closes up shop. So, the net effect of increased taxation and regulation is specifically and most effectively destroying the small businesses not the big ones!
When private property rights (something we used to protect in America) are honored, and government intervention is minimal; small businesses flourish, create jobs and grow. Some even grow enough to become competitive with the big businesses. This in turn, drives the costs of goods and services down; preventing inflation, promoting entrepreneurship and creating more general prosperity.
Case in point; I’ve worked in coal mining most of my adult life. In the 1970s, a handful of men could pool their money together and go into the coal mining business for a few thousand dollars. Many of these men became very wealthy as a reward of taking a risk, working hard and learning the financial lessons that create wealth. Along the way they created hundreds of jobs; all without one dime of government assistance.
Today, forty years later, these people do not exist. Not because the entrepreneur spirit is gone, but because the government has made it all but impossible for it to happen. How? A mining permit used to be obtained in a matter of a few weeks for less than $10,000. Today, that same permit will cost well over $1,000,0000 and take years to obtain … if ever; and even then, Big Brother can step in and revoke it!
What is the single factor that is different today than in the 1970s? The US Federal Government growth promoted and encouraged by the Democrat Party is the only difference. Less government equals more freedom and prosperity; more government means less freedom and less prosperity; you choose. It really is that simple.
Gary Lee Corns