The Maryland Public Policy Institute
There has never been a president, in the history of the United States, that has been re-elected while unemployment was above 7.2%. Right now, national unemployment hovers at 8.2%. This begs the question: how much do republicans stand to gain from a struggling economy? Enough for them to intentionally derail recovery efforts and suppress growth?
First, let me introduce the “John J. Walters Theory of Politics,” which states that you’re a wacko if you think there’s something going on and you’re naïve if you think there’s nothing going on. I find that this is a particularly useful rule to keep in mind when evaluating articles like this one.
Governor O’Malley and a slew of other democrats are accusing republicans of sabotaging this country’s economic recovery in an attempt to get Obama out of the White House. On one hand, it sounds a little far-fetched that republicans would want to hurt the entire nation just so they can get their way. On the other hand, it wasn’t too long ago that rival kings and lords would kill each other for a bigger piece of the pie.
Perhaps that’s my problem. I have trouble separating this government from the kind you see in movies like Braveheart. Yes, that was a long time ago. And yes, we have advanced beyond the absolute monarchy. But how far?
Take a look at this little snippet from the article and tell me you don’t picture one of those scenes where armor-clad nobles shout back and forth about “what must be done” in a great hall lit with torches and adorned with tapestries woven in honor of military conquests.
Although the group of governors meets annually, rarely are their gatherings fraught with as much naked partisanship and finger-pointing as this year, with the presidential election less than four months out. Overshadowing this year's conference was a campaign event by Obama on Friday in southeastern Virginia, about 30 miles away.
Here’s “what must be done.” We need to limit the size of the government so that they don’t have so much control over our lives and our businesses. We need to make their arguing, finger-pointing, and overall childishness count for a lot less than it does now. Only then will our economy be free to begin saving itself.
Let’s not continue kidding ourselves that we have established something so perfect here that we should trust it blindly. Limiting the power of the government would help almost all of us – except the ones who have made a living out of leeching off the tax-payers.
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