Monday, May 19, 2014

Conservative Hypocrisy

The impression that you sell
Passes in and out like a scent
--The Fixx

Jacob Hornberger lists various ways that conservatives voice only lip service to principles of free enterprise, private property and limited government:

Support for the drug war, which prohibits people from buying and selling what they want, and creates a huge government apparatus to enforce the prohibition.

Public schooling, which hampers markets for educational services and expands the role of government into influencing what students learn.

Immigration controls, which impair free trade between individuals, impairs and confiscates private property, and once again expands the role of government into people's decisions to cross borders.

Tariffs, embargoes, sanctions which once again impair free trade between individuals. They also protect some at the expense of others.

Social security, Medicare, Medicaid, which are socialistice programs that force some people to care for others--a blatant violation of freedom.

Economic regulations, which, like tariffs et al., impair free trade and protect the franchises of some from competition.

Militarism and the nation security state, which employ government's core competence of force in nearly unlimited fashion.

As JH observes, add these up and you obtain a gigantic, omnipotent goverment that is about as far away from 'limited government' as you can get. How long will voters keep drinking this kool aid?

1 comment:

dgeorge12358 said...

We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed and over-regulated and over-run by bureaucrats. The Founders would be ashamed of us for what we're putting up with.

Matter of fact, if you look at every single problem we're facing today, it's because of the lack of respect for the rule of law and the Constitution.
~Ron Paul