With the SBA recently stumbling out the gate to enact the Paycheck Protection Program (of which I admittedly will be a beneficiary), we are seeing, at least, in the early going, some of what Rep. Justin Amash warned us about.
My general point about government is one overarching theme. The more money and power and laws that government enacts, the more money and power it removes from the populace. You cannot have one without taking from the other. It was one of the reasons we kicked the British out.
And the response of a Republican Senate and President was to “save” the economy and American people by enacting more government programs and putting themselves in a position to direct to whom and where the recovery funds were going. In the face of opportunity to truly reduce the size and scope of the federal government and its power over the American people, they have failed.
Now, I am no “Nevertrumper.” I would, under no circumstance, vote for a Democrat and may likely vote for President Trump come November. But when our economy is too closely tied to where and how the government dispenses taxpayer funds (or just more printed money), and the market responds to what the government is doing, we have a problem. A serious one.
I know I am coming across as an Amash fanboy. I am not. Mostly. I seriously disagreed with him on Trump’s impeachment. But he has been consistent on economic matters as to what role the federal government should NOT play, and comes across as more principled than most. He, as ALL Representatives should, explains his votes.
Okay, so I have whined about the government getting it wrong. Problems require solutions. Maybe a few that either should have been done or could be done going forward.
- States on down to local governments should take their own initiatives in helping businesses. First, get out the way and make licensing easier. Reduce tax burdens. Create an environment where businesses can thrive and make the comeback easier. Don’t wait on the feds to provide.
- Federal government should continue to reduce and remove regulations that inhibit business. Simplify and reduce taxation to reduce the amount of time companies spend on dealing with government issues. Get rid of redundant government programs. Return the responsibility to the states where possible.
- Each Republican running for congress or Senate should immediately outline a specific small, mundane government program and detail why it should go as part of their election or re-election platform. Don’t go crazy and scream about the EPA or Department of Education. Pick something that is doable in the short term.
I may be oversimplifying some ideas, but my disappointment with Republicans in Congress has been high for a while. We have seen promise after promise with no real action on government spending – and that means that the liberty of the American people has been continuously affected. Rahm Emanuel wasn’t entirely wrong about not wasting a crisis. What we currently have is an opportunity to show that people should not rely nor count on a small group of elected and unelected bureaucrats far off in Washington DC to protect and provide for them in a moment of financial crisis.