It doesn’t matter whether you’re a liberal or a conservative, there are certain things we should all be able to recognize as dangerous for our country and our economy. There are inherent practices that place an undue burden on America and diminish the potential for growth of businesses and the flow of independent thought. One of those is the concept of the monopoly. Monopolies of any sort in free enterprise are a dangerous thing, but government controlled monopolies represent the end of free enterprise. One of the reasons the independent vote is rapidly switching toward the conservative thought process is because much of independent America is beginning to recognize a trend toward control within our present administration.
The creation of a monopoly is generally a slow process. First you have to buy up as much of a viable commodity production or service as possible, then you offer that commodity or service at a loss until you put the competition out of business. Then, you control the market. The problem lies in the fact that we have absolutely no proof; there is no record of the government ever taking over any business in the United States and operating it cheaper, better or more effectively. On the contrary, there is ample proof of the government’s failures:
The U.S. Post Service, which was established in 1775, functioned well for almost 200 years, but in the last few decades, the government has mismanaged it to the point that, without constant bail-out monies, it would have long since bellied-up.
The great lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have become wards of the state – broke.
The government started a War on Poverty in 1964. Over $1 trillion of working America’s money is confiscated each year and transferred to “those who need it more than us,” and nothing has changed, still they cry for more…
Medicare and Medicaid are out of money – being “revamped” by our government to fit the latest Federal nightmare – Obamacare. If you think we were suffering before, wait until this fully kicks in.
GMAC has asked and received its third (I repeat, third) bailout, which will pretty much change the name to Government Makin’ All Cars.
The Department of Energy was created to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It now has nearly 20,000 employees with a budget of over $25 billion a year and, for all our blustering, we are still the captives of foreign powers.
This issue transcends liberal or conservative agendas, because every American in this country pays for the failure of a government-owned business. Every American is held hostage by the government when squandered, blatantly wasted monies come directly from our pockets, and we are forced to pay for the arrogant ineptitude of employees, supervisors, and executives who are not required or expected to meet the standards of quality or performance demanded by private enterprise. This is not to say that there aren’t dedicated, reliable employees participating in government enterprise, but there just aren’t enough of them.
Control of goods and services through government intervention is a frightening scenario, but more frightening is the concept of government control of information – television, newspapers, internet, and radio. If you are out there watching, reading, and listening to the information available, and your IQ is above 50, you have to realize that slowly, subtly, there are plans being laid for a more “conformed” voice. You have to begin to have some reservations, regardless of your political inclinations.
At some point, you have to ask yourself, are you a liberal, a conservative, an independent, or a patriot. Because a true patriot must, at some point, be willing to protect his country from his government.
Michael Reisig has been writing professionally for 15 years. He is an award-winning newspaper columnist and a best-selling novelist. Be sure to check out Reisig’s “The Road To Key West” novel series. High adventure and humor as Kansas Stamps and Will Bell cavort through the Caribbean, from Key West and Cuba to Central and South America.