Thursday, August 4, 2011

On entrenchment.......................Or, To Dream the Impossible Dream

Editor's note:  While I found the Sultan's accompanying essay
interesting and worth the time of reading, this video blew me 
away.  If you  choose not to watch it, be advised you will be
missing some spine-tingling and goosebump-inducing singing. 

How to shrink the size and expense of government?  How to roll back government's intrusion into everyday life?  Do we really need government to mandate the light bulbs we buy?  Questions for the ages.  Answers are a little more difficult.  If you're curious why that is so, check out Daniel Greenfield, dba Sultan Knish, as he writes a long form essay titled  Government Amateurs vs Government Professionals.  Full essay here.  A few interesting excerpted paragraphs here.

"In the budget debate, government amateurs took on government professionals. And the professionals won. This is only to be expected. Professionals usually have the inside track in whatever field they're in. Not only do they hold the higher ground, but they know all the loopholes and how to shape the dialogue."

"The Tea Party proved that amateurs could undercut professional politicians, raise money and get elected. But the real challenge has never been winning elections. Anyone can win an election and often has. Morons, lunatics and idiots have sat in congress. And are still sitting there. The real challenge is what do you do once you've won."

"The United States government of professional politicians has set prices. Not just for their own salaries, but for how much money they can spend. They will agree to cut taxes or to borrow less money-- but they won't agree to do both at the same time, and cut actual spending."

"Congress' fundamental power is to spend money. Everything of substance that it does costs money. Politicians get elected by promising to spend less on the things their constituents don't want, and more on the things they do want. Especially their more influential constituents. What this actually means in a two party system, with a variety of viewpoints represented and every special interest on board, almost everything gets funded."

"The professional politician's basic interest is in the system. The system that lets him spend money. Taxpayer money is his bread and butter. It's his currency of power. If the taxpayers kick up too much of a fuss, he'll borrow it. If they kick up a fuss over that, he'll ask them if they want higher taxes instead. If they protest loudly enough, he will announce tax cuts and spending cuts, and use a loophole to raise taxes and spend more money anyway."

"The goal of a grass roots citizens' movement has to be to not only enter the system, but to change it from the inside. And that means an ugly showdown with the professional class that lives off the system. Not just with them, but their allies in the business world, in local communities and allied media outlets.'

"The professionals fight back, the way they do in all fields, lambasting the amateurs as untrained and unskilled. Dangerously ignorant and incompetent. A pack of troglodytes who will destroy everything as soon as they get their hands on it. They do their best to warn off and frighten away potential customers. And then they cheat."

Thanks to Maggie's Farm for showing the way.

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