“The difference between golf and government is that in golf you can’t improve your lie.”
—Former California Governor George Deukmejian
I read in this morning’s The Villages Daily Sun that there is a move afoot in Congress to repeal the part of the health care law that requires all businesses to file paperwork on all of their vendors from whom they buy $600.00 goods or services in a year. Small businesses are up in arms because of the expense and massive amount of paperwork required to accomplish this. Democrats and Republicans are both in favor of repealing this section of the health care law.
It was allegedly incorporated originally to collect $19 billion of estimated unpaid taxes. $19 billion to help “pay” for the bill. That the health care bill would pay for itself was just plain incorrect. Now the curtain is being lifted.
President Obama announced another bailout. It’s not likely to work, but he has to do something besides blame the “previous administration” for the economy.
Here’s why government spending won’t fix the economy: Government money has to come from somewhere.
- Taxes. Taxes come from the economy in the first place, so the net effect of government spending from taxes is zero.
- Borrowing. Sure that puts extra money in the economy, but because of the interest, each dollar spent is worth less than a dollar.
- Printing. Each extra dollar printed reduces the value of all the dollars already in circulation. Thus, each dollar spent is worth less than a dollar.
Government spending doesn’t create new wealth or extra jobs, it just redistributes money from those who pay taxes (or loan the government money) to those who help politicians get elected.
USA Today reports that the contractors who spent 16 billion dollars of the stimulus package created 30,383 jobs!
Incredible, the stimulus package is working. It only cost $528,610 per job. If the rest of the package is as successful, the stimulus should create just over one million new jobs.
Let’s turn over more stuff for the government to run.
Scene: A senior couple reading the newspaper over a morning cup of coffee.
She: So every year we get a C.O.L.A. to offset inflation…what happens if there’s no inflation?
He: We gat a C.O.R.A.
She: What’s that?
He: Cost of Re-election Adjustment.