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(This is a continuation of the previous post, but a little shorter.)

I just got an email from Barack Obama* saying how bad Wall Street is, and that he’s not going to stop until the government does something about it.  He said that it “cannot wait” and people are getting rich while middle class struggle to pay their bills.  Then he asks you to stand with him against Wall Street.

I can only imagine what the government is going to do about it.  The same people who ran Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; the same people who run Social Security; the same people who run huge bureaucratic, lobbyist-driven, secretive, “no incentive for reduced costs” government organizations is now going to step in and take care of the free market.

So.  The government’s already in charge of oversight, investigations, and alleged wrong-doings throughout every industry in the nation.  Recently, the government has taken ownership or large stakes in all sorts of industries.  To my way of thinking, they’ve just gotten in the business, and now they have a lot of inconvenient competitors.  Competitors whom the government can oversee, investigate and allege wrong-doing.

When an entity can tax people to get its revenue, there is absolutely no incentive whatsoever for that entity to reduce costs.   Think about it – if you had unlimited funds, wouldn’t you spend more?   The people involved with government are incented, rather, to be “on the take.”  The officiating, dealings and back-door agreements are all tainted by financial and political greed, and that’s on both sides of the political aisle.

It is by capitalistic principles that the system is self-balancing, and everyone becomes truly equal.  In fact, I don’t understand why minorities (women, blacks, gay, immigrants, whatever the grouping) don’t embrace Capitalism more.  Who loves you more than Capitalism?  Who else gives you unlimited potential, constrained only by your own ability, drive and value to others?  Politicians promise you things so you think *they* love you.

Capitalism, on the other hand, has always delivered on its promises, and doesn’t give a darn what your color is.  Capitalism is the closest economic system to nature as you can find, and you dash in a little compassion here, a little protection there, and bam, you’re done.  Equality.  Let Charity, Church and Goodwill take care of anyone else who can’t make it on their own.  You’ll find the recipients a lot better off, too – how grateful is the single mother waiting in line to get a check at a cold hard brick building where people are paid to distribute them free money?  Do you think she wants to change her habits?  Compare that to the mother who gets fed by loving volunteers who give from their own table and with their own hearts.  when people receive charity, their more likely to return the favor later, AND they feel incented to do so!

But instead of Capitalism, we now have a minuscule percentage of the people (about 500 out of 300,000,000) making lofty decisions, shuffling money, inserting laws, dictating what companies can pay their CEO’s, investigating this, legislating that, and tying up company’s resources unnecessarily.  And to what end, you may ask?  Control.  It all comes down to control.

The poem in my last post talked about how the government came and took certain kinds of neighbors, but the author sat by because it wasn’t directly affecting him at the time.

I submit a new version, updated for our current times:

THEY CAME FIRST for the rich,
and I didn’t speak up because they promised to redistribute some of it to me.

THEN THEY CAME for the Insurance Companies,
and I didn’t speak up because they promised me lower premiums.

THEN THEY CAME for the Automobile Makers,
and I didn’t speak up because they promised me a cheaper car.

THEN THEY CAME for the Banks,
and I didn’t speak up because they promised me the bankers wouldn’t get rich any more.

THEN THEY CAME for the Health Care industry,
and I didn’t speak up because they promised me free health care.

THEN THEY CAME for the Student Loans,
and I didn’t speak up because they promised me I could get my loan easier.

THEN THEY CAME for the Wall Street Bankers,
and I didn’t speak up because they promised me “my equitable share.”

THEN THEY CAME for me,
and by that time, I had no job, no car, no money, no credit, no doctor and no-one I could trust to speak up for me.

And everything I was promised never showed up.

Most of those stanzas happened in about a year, folks.  One. Year.

Yup, we got about 3 months left.

Real Change is coming.

* this is not about Obama.  It’s about all government who thinks they know what’s good for you better than you do, while they themselves are subject to the same temptations, corruption and greed as all humans.  Remember, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have” – Gerald Ford, 12 August 1974.

And lo, the people did comment thus:

5 Comments

  1. Dave2 says:

    I am a huge fan of capitalism and a free market, but what we have today doesn’t even begin to approach the capitalist ideal. I could give you a bazillion examples and ramble on for pages about how lobbyists, subsidies, and sheer greed have destroyed any hope for an ACTUAL capitalist society in America… but it would be easier to just ask you to rent Food, Inc. and let you see for yourself. Small farmers in this country are not even remotely “loved” by capitalism. On the contrary, our warped and twisted version of capitalism insures that we’ve re-entered a feudal age with mega-corporations like Tyson and Monsanto destroying free market competition with our own tax dollars.

    If you want to truly embrace capitalism, insist that our government ends subsidies to the beef industry and see how you like your $50 hamburger. Or demand that subsidies and tax cuts be rescinded from big oil and see how you like paying $18 a gallon for gasoline. Don’t worry… the market will sort it out. Maybe that veggie burger will taste a lot better at 1/10th the price of beef! Or perhaps that electric car wouldn’t be quite so nerdy when you’re not paying $300 a month for gas! Gee… if our tax dollars stop subsidizing all the industries that rape the environment and control the foundations upon which our “capitalistic” society functions, think of how much better off we’d be! REAL capitalism would enter the picture and all those big companies would have to ACTUALLY COMPETE instead of using our own tax dollars against us! Yay capitalism!

    Except… The United States of America wouldn’t survive it. We’ve been screwed up for so long that REAL capitalism would kill us. The government-intervention “capitalism” is all that’s left now. I wish it wasn’t, but here we are.

    So feel free to keep pedaling your pipe-dream fantasy version of “capitalism” that isn’t really capitalism at all. I’ll just be sitting over here waiting for total anarchy to erupt in the meanwhile. Because if there’s one thing we agree on, real change IS coming… but it’s probably not the change you think it will be…
    .-= Dave2´s last blog ..Catholic =-.

    • Ren says:

      Dave2, I think you’re exaggerating the impact that removing the subsidies would have. Grass-fed beef, for example, is priced at a premium, but nothing near the levels you suggest. Are they still benefiting from other subsidies? Possibly, but I seriously doubt it’s anywhere near enough to bring the cost to $50 for a burger. Some quick research finds 14 billion burgers eaten per year and $20 billion in farm subsidies. Of course, much of these subsidies do not go toward beef, and much of the beef doesn’t go toward burgers. Also, there may be other, non-farm subsidies that are in play — but there are also government factors raising the prices, including tariffs and taxes.. Even so, this seems like a reasonable starting point — removing all farm subsidies and laying all of the cost on burgers would increase the price by less than $1.50 per burger.

      So? Let’s do it! Down with subsidies!!
      .-= Ren´s last blog ..Macro Monday #58 =-.

  2. Sybil Law says:

    The government definitely screw up pretty much anything, given the money and time, but what Dave2 said is also really accurate: lobbyists and big companies are a major reason why this country is being driven further into BS…
    GAH.
    This topic is seriously annoying, because I can guarantee you, no one has the perfect answer.

  3. marilyn says:

    I think Dave is right. This is more complex than you’re making it, and I don’t even mean that to be silly.
    .-= marilyn´s last blog ..Presents and Five on Friday The Third =-.

  4. Miss Britt says:

    “you dash in a little compassion here, a little protection there”

    *ahem*

    That’s not pure capitalism then, is it?
    .-= Miss Britt´s last blog ..Be still, and know that I am God =-.

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