Monday, June 16, 2008

Mommy and Daddy Government

Please take a look at this article discussing the fascism of the left.

I would extend the argument made in the article further to say that the federal state has become both our parents, both our Mommy and our Daddy. Conservatives (usually Republicans) are fans of Daddy government, comprised of the defense wing of the government. Liberals (usually Democrats) are fans of Mommy government, comprised of the health & human services wing of the government.

Take a look at the Budget Graph (you'll need to click on the graph to be able to zoom in and move around to view it). Astoundingly, the fellow that came up with the Budget Graph (Jess Bachman) found a way to place the incomprehensible Federal budget onto one wall chart, but most astounding is the pattern in which he has laid it out: defense-related agencies and expenditures on the left and health & human services agencies and expenditures on the right. The spending is about equal on each side. Daddy government is on the left side of the graph... roughly $1.5 trillion. Mommy government is on the right side of the graph.... roughly $1.5 trillion. We spend $5,000 for every man, woman and child in the US on defense or defense related spending (every year) and $5,000 for every man, woman and child in the US on health & human services and related spending for every man, woman and child in the US.

The total price tag for Mommy and Daddy government is $10,000 per year for every man, woman and child in the US. How much better off would we all be if we just bypassed Mommy and Daddy altogether and had a central computer programmed to extract the taxes and send the $10,000 check to every man, woman and child in the US? A family of four children would take in $60,000 from this mechanical wealth redistribution computer. I think I'd rather have my $40,000 (I have two children) than this Mommy & Daddy government that instead fritters away thousands of dollars of my money every year on unnecessary wars, pointless public works projects and a manifestly broken education system.

So, since liberals are fans of Mommy government and conservatives are fans of Daddy government, how about we work on stopping the sibling war by building a political truce whereby we scale back government by trading freedoms conditioned upon receipt of freedoms from the other side? Maybe after a while, we can wean ourselves from our psychological need for a great big Mommy and Daddy in the Sky.

For example, conservatives could agree to stop beseiging abortion if liberals agree to stop beseiging guns. If either side violates the truce (politically), then the agreement is called off and it's back to this self-punishing war of giving up our cherished liberties just for the satisfaction of also taking away the liberties we don't want others to have - in the name of our "values". There are infinitely many issues we could trade like this. We could barter for terms, i.e. perhaps abortion rights is worth gun rights plus removal of drilling restrictions in ANWR. Or whatever. I think it would be a whole lot more constructive way to do politics than this current method of destructively punishing ourselves in an attempt to punish "the other side" even more.

1 comment:

Leo said...

So funny and true. Seriously, you need to gather these posts and get the Mises Institute (or someone) to publish them.