A pack of cowardly hypocrites just sold out their hero president, betrayed their agenda, lied to the American people, and it all happened in one day over a trade bill. We probably shouldn’t expect anything better from Democratic Party members who have to look to the future and answer to their union and special interest overlords as election season nears.
Congress seems determined to prevent our economy from flourishing whether lawmakers are spending to reduce the deficit, raising the federal budget, bumping up the debt ceiling, or killing jobs with bad legislation.
The economy isn’t about numbers. It’s about the fundamental struggle between right and left.
Free market battles politics
Is the government responsible for making our economic lives better or is this the job of free market capitalism?
Washington funds defense, entitlements, and essential services. The free market doesn’t need politics. It can take care of itself.
Economy survives Obama, turns to Trump
After Obama’s jaw-dropping post-recession deficits and the accompanying rise in the national debt Trump and the Republicans took over with their own rules for spending our money. Tax reform, health care spending, the defense budget, entitlements, and federal benefits are all on the table and look to stay there for quite some time. Health care reform and our skyrocketing premiums, in particular, look like insurmountable problems.
Democrats wasted no time blasting the cruelty of the proposed Trump Budget. They won’t acknowledge their failure to bring prosperity to the middle and working classes or the fact that social spending is a vote getter, not a ladder to a better life. Republicans, on the other hand, tend to ignore the obvious: you can’t suddenly pull the rug out from under people who have relied on the government dole for far too long.
Small business is important one day of the year
November 25, 2017 was Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to celebrating job creators. When it’s over we will go back to punishing them for the other 364 days of the year.
Politics demands that businesses pay more, but the free market knows that when companies are forced to shell out too much they cut back. That’s why the liberal living wage experiment popularized hasn’t worked out very well in places like Cook County, Illinois, where townships refused to buy into new minimum wage guidelines.
What is the Economy category about?
The economy category has posts on federal spending, debt and deficit, labor laws and policies, and the tenuous relationship between the government, taxpayers, and the businesses that keep Americans employed.
Economics should be all about the numbers, but when politics gets involved the numbers are the least of our worries.
It is highly unlikely that McDonald’s corporate elite were quaking in their boots when a horde of Fight for $15 derelicts descended on the company’s headquarters in Oakbrook, Illinois. Most of us were working that day so we couldn’t join in on the fun. Besides, protesting for higher pay is for idiots. There are better ways to occupy your time that will achieve the same thing.
If you are sending more money to the IRS this month and feel anything but anger and hatred towards the evildoers in Washington who skimmed your paycheck all year and still want more, you are one of two things. You are either a tax cheat who really should be paying more or you are a moron.
All of you fiscal conservatives who keep demanding that we pass a law for a balanced federal budget? Give it up. A federal budget that doesn’t leak at the seams and rack up unimaginable debt for every taxpaying American is unthinkable. It goes against the fundamental rule of politics: at all costs, curry favor with the people.
Most of us get a few days off at the holidays. We don’t get a long Christmas break like members of Congress. We don’t get a trip to Hawaii like the president, but most of us don’t have jobs, salaries, and publicly-funded perks that provide that kind of indulgence. We don’t enjoy the benefits that go along with pretending to represent taxpayers on Capitol Hill or in the White House.