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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Government Isn't the Problem; Ronald Reagan is the Problem

The Republicans now fighting with President Obama and the Democrats about the budget deficit and the national debt have made it clear:  Taxes on the rich won’t be raised and tax loopholes for corporations won’t be closed.  To balance the budget, kill programs and cut spending.  

The unemployment rate has just gone up again. What about government jobs programs?  The Republicans say taxes on the rich won’t be raised and loopholes for corporations won’t be closed.  Businesses and the wealthy are the job creators and they can only succeed if their taxes are kept low and government stays out of their way. 

Just about all of the country’s top economists have said that cutting government spending during a deep recession will kill jobs and that a balanced budget is less important in the short run than getting people back to work.  The Republicans reply: Taxes on the rich won’t be raised and tax loopholes for corporations won’t be closed.

The country’s most respected economists think that the economy is still sick because of weak consumer demand for goods and services.  Unemployed people and people afraid of losing their jobs don’t spend money. And when companies don’t have buyers for their products they don’t hire workers.  The economists say, break the cycle of unemployment/low demand with government programs that put people back to work.  The Republicans reply: Taxes on the rich won’t be raised and loopholes for corporations won’t be closed because businesses create jobs when their taxes are low and government is kept out of their way. 

You might say that endless repetition of an idea dulls the brain.  You might say that, but Republicans don’t care.  Like religious zealots mumbling chants into their hands, they have discovered an eternal truth. 

Faith, of course, is not simply a repeated slogan.  It requires inspirational words, claims of miracles, and an exalted leader whose very person epitomizes the ineffable truths.  It is still less than a generation since the Republican messiah walked the earth.  His sayings, aphorisms and admonitions continue to ring in the minds of the faithful.  For the rest of us, inspiration remains elusive.

The Sayings of Ronald Reagan

Government is not a solution to our problem government is the problem.

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15

We don't have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven't taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.

I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts

Government is like a baby: an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!

Government does not solve problems. It subsidizes them.

Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.

Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders

Remember that every government service, every offer of government - financed security, is paid for in the loss of personal freedom... In the days to come, whenever a voice is raised telling you to let the government do it, analyze very carefully to see whether the suggested service is worth the personal freedom which you must forgo in return for such service.

You can’t tax business. Business doesn’t pay taxes. It collects taxes

Facts are stupid things.

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/3543.Ronald_Reagan

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