Americans were just recently, again, faced with the threat of a government shutdown, this time due to blame-shifting over Democratic efforts to massively expand both government and government debt. As has commonly become the case, the political left hopes to use how central the government has grown over each of our lives as a lever to make it an even more important determinant of our choices, to the point of domineering us.
In particular, they wish to fight Ronald Reagan’s conclusion that “Government is the problem,” in the face of a great deal of recent evidence supporting it. However, the problems caused when shutdowns occur do not disprove Reagan’s view.
One major reason is that government does things it has no business doing. Suppose it created a bureaucracy with the power to selectively sell “free speech” permits to those approved to speak on public issues (much more plausible since the last election) or to administer civil asset forfeiture abuses. Neither advances our general welfare. Neither would comport with logic or the core documents of America’s Founding.
Neither would involve a constitutionally enumerated federal power. Yet people would adapt to the rules they faced, however indefensible. If a government shutdown then cut those bureaus’ funds, their failures to deliver services people had come to expect would cause problems. However, such problems do not prove government policies benefit us.
Similar logic applies to functions that would have been (and often have been) provided by the private sector (e.g., education and services offered by private insurers and friendly societies), but have largely been crowded out by government because of its special treatment (e.g., exemption from property taxes), coercive power (e.g., regulation and eminent domain) and access to taxpayers’ pockets for financing.
In those areas, government bureaucrats who know our circumstances and preferences less well than we do, care about us less than we do, and operate without the constraint of covering their bills through voluntary transactions will predictably serve us worse, and at a higher cost, than what they crowded out. As Milton Friedman put it, “Nobody uses somebody else’s resources as carefully as he uses his own.”
Absent any superior ability to do better for us with our resources than we could, the only way government can benefit some is to take from others, which is diametrically opposed to “liberty and justice for all.” If a government shutdown further degraded how well our “public servants” served us compared to our voluntary arrangements, it would not prove such government policies benefit us.
Further, even in areas many believe government should determine our choices, threatened and actual shutdowns teach a crucial, yet all but ignored lesson: government can’t be counted on to deliver on its promises, however attractive they may sound. After all, every instance illustrates government failure to deliver on commitments it has made and makes clear it is very likely to happen again.
When that unreliability is added to the unfunded liabilities from a cornucopia of government programs–such as Social Security and Medicare–that are so large, they cannot be delivered on, it is even clearer how far from trustworthy promised government “solutions” are and how dangerous giving trillions of dollars more to such poorly crafted “help” would be.
Government shutdowns can certainly create problems. But they should also remind us of when Albert Jay Nock observed that our octopean government has thrust all of its tentacles into virtually every part of our lives, often to our harm. The problems expressed in political shutdown posturing, and battles arising from government failure to perform duties it has arrogated to itself, provide no endorsement for placing even more power over us into government hands.
Too Few Are Telling the Truth
Not long ago, conservative media was not beholden to anyone. Today, most sites are stuck on the Big Tech gravy train.
I’ll keep this short. The rise of Pandemic Panic Theater, massive voter fraud, and other “taboo” topics have neutered a majority of conservative news sites. You’ll notice they are very careful about what topics they tackle. Sure, they’ll attack Critical Race Theory, Antifa, and the Biden-Harris regime, but you won’t see them going after George Soros, Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum, or the Deep State, among others.
The reason is simple. They are beholden to Big Tech, and Big Tech doesn’t allow certain topics to be discussed or they’ll cut you off. Far too many conservative news outlets rely on Google, Facebook, and Twitter for the bulk of their traffic. They depend on big checks from Google ads to keep the sites running. I don’t necessarily hold it against them. We all do what we need to do to survive. I just wish more would do like we have, which is to cut out Big Tech altogether.
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