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While tending to my husband who had shoulder surgery to reattach a muscle that he pulled loose, and took bone with it, one has had a lot of time to listen, learn, and think about so many different areas where our government has encroached as not only the highest authority but the bringer of miracles.  Our government, from the lowest government employee at the local level to the White House has done its utmost to replace God. But God showed them He is not so easy to replace.

Consider all the hoopla about climate change. How many know why the name was changed from global warming to climate change? Does it really matter since either way the United Nations has decided that it’s the entity that can fix it? Sorry to burst bubbles but the recent flooding, tornadoes, and snow in Colorado show that governments can’t really do anything. One supposes that if they were to secretly have invented a machine that can affect the climate all over the world simultaneously…

While the effects have been quite devastating to some who were caught in those areas with extreme weather, there is a bright side, too. All that flooding has carried not only water but rich bottom soil. Then there was heat to dry up all the water but leaving all that rich new soil. Harsh conditions to be sure but the aftereffects may well be worth it in the long run. The Earth will renew itself as it has for millennium.

And the government had nothing to do with it. Indeed, the government can’t even keep up as FEMA is tapped out and even going so far as to tell homeless people their homes are livable.

Because one has been spending a lot of time away from the computer, especially on weekends, one has been wondering why John Wayne movies have become popular again, even to remakes starring people like Jeff Bridges. Hubby put forth the possibility that it is because of the anniversary of Wayne’s death recently but I informed him that John Wayne weekends started at the beginning of the year.

It’s as if we’re waiting for heroes; someone, or someones, who can fix things. But we can wait forever because it’s not going to happen; at least not in the way that some might think. John Wayne, himself, wasn’t John Wayne but an amalgamation of all the roles he played in the movies.  As was Reagan, who really tried to just get out of the way of us being our own heroes.

Governments all over the world have promised to be everything to everyone… if only we give them the money to do it. Those self-same governments have failed to deliver no matter how much money they’re given but keep promising if only we give them more.

The problem is, the more we give, the less we’re able to do for ourselves what our governments are incapable of doing  even if we gave them 100% of what we have. Governments have failed to win the Wars on Poverty, Drugs, and Terrorism, all of which have been going on for decades, long before anyone coined the phrases.

Healthcare? Since passing of the bill containing a massive intrusion of government provided healthcare, healthcare costs have gone up, from doctor visits to tests to insurance fees and deductibles… AND THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE NOT PAYING THE BILLS. Instead, they pay only a percentage (the allowable maximum amount to a preferred provider)  and you’re left owing the rest.

Energy? Goes hand in hand with the War on Climate Change. The government will bankrupt us as individuals to pay for the unsustainable renewable energy that necessarily skyrockets the price of oil, electricity, and water.

There are more topics I could include to show that, unfortunately, government has reached its natural limitations. Not only has it done so but is headed down the road to ruin and, ultimately, will cause untold suffering.

We must be our own heroes again. We can’t wait for the someone elses to do for us what we should do for ourselves. If we want a government that allows us to be our own heroes, it’s up to us to put such a government in place; not the place of government to decide for itself. Or we can continue down this same road of hoping government can be everything to everyone; or hope that we’re the last to suffer. Your choice.

Elections have consequences well beyond the feel good moment of choosing the candidate you hope is going to deliver on unrealistic promises.

16 Responses to The “Natural” Limitations of Government

  • StephC says:

    Sorry, I suppose it could look like that but the healthcare costs have nothing to do with the shoulder injury, which was a work related injury which is covered under a different kind of insurance.

    No, it’s merely another point in a long line of points about how the government can’t be all things to all people at all times.

  • Bruce says:

    StephC,

    Sorry to hear about your husband’s shoulder injury I pray that his recovery has gone well. With all of the attention he probably got from you I am sure it did.

    “How many know why the name was changed from global warming to climate change?”

    I didn’t know that it did change. They are two separate but related terms.. “Global warming refers to surface temperature increases, while climate change includes global warming and everything else that increasing greenhouse gas amounts will affect.” This is how it is used in the scientific journals. And no we can’t control tornadoes, floods, blizzards or any other natural disaster but we can control how much we contribute to “climate change” as described by the scientific community. These are not political terms they are scientific terms. No government is not the end all answer but it should participate.

    “All that flooding has carried not only water but rich bottom soil.”

    That is really nothing new valleys have been flooding since the beginning of time. That is why early farmers could be “organic” farmers. But now we have damned up all of the rivers so the flooding cycles have been changed or stopped which now has caused the soil to be depleted and has heavily increased the use of chemical fertilizers. We do have an effect.

    “The Earth will renew itself as it has for millennium.”

    Yes the earth will renew itself but as you said it takes time “the millennium” and we are destroying it at a much faster rate than that. If the earth is to recover we need to slow down our destructive path we are on.

    ” one has been wondering why John Wayne movies have become popular again”

    It’s funny how John Wayne and Ronald Regan always get mentioned in the same sentence. I think the conservatives are waiting for one of them to put on their white hats, hop on a horse and come and save us with guns a’blazin. Maybe the increase in popularity coincides with the rise of the “tea party”

    “Healthcare? Since passing of the bill containing a massive intrusion of government provided healthcare, healthcare costs have gone up,”

    What’s new healthcare cost have gone up every year before the healthcare bill was passed. Is there a point.

    Black in America Baby…..the revolution has been televised

  • StephC says:

    Okay, Bruce, so tell me how the government can fix it in way that doesn’t bring more pain and suffering than it would if the government did nothing?

    That was the point of the post.

  • BB-Idaho says:

    John Wayne.
    I like his movies, probably the gruff voice. He plays a hero and to some he was. But, unlike Lee Marvin,
    Charles Bronson, James Arness, Dennis Weaver and many other actors, he did not serve in WWII.
    “In an article, William Manchester, recounted when John Wayne came dressed up as cowboy to visit him and other World War II soldiers recuperating at a naval hospital in Hawaii. Wayne was greeted with silence and then subsequently booed off the stage for he had become “a symbol of a fake machismo [they] had come to hate”. (Manchester, a marine, was badly
    wounded at Okinawa) So, the Duke was a hero figure, but no hero. With that understanding, I still
    like his movies.

  • BB-Idaho says:

    While I’m overjoyed to be tied for first place, you are right. So addressing your point,
    ” Free marketers and Libertarians always decry any government involvement in business, bemoaning “interference”, “government takeovers”, “socialism”, and “tyranny” whenever the administration or Congress enacts legislation or regulation to stabilize markets or make them more fair. Their prescription for all ails is tax cutting and unrestrained free trade where the “market” will self regulate and benefit all who can afford to play. They advocate wholesale elimination of the EPA, Department of Education, Department of Health, dismantling of the Federal Reserve, and lifting all health and safety regulations. The presumption is that the “markets” will dictate behavior and create the perfect regulation-free society.”
    ..and the perfect regulation-free society?
    “Somalia, where there hasn’t been a central government for over 20 years. A quagmire of warlords, religious fanatics, and criminals, he described Somalia as “the most dangerous place in the world” with no central government, no services, no electricity, no law enforcement, no green zone for safety. He described the country as a culture based on individual trust bought with money. Personal relationships are key, and power is kept through violence and wealth.

    Gettleman says that when you arrive at the airport in Mogadishu, you fill out a form with your name, address, and caliber of weapon you carry. For electricity, neighbors must band together to buy a generator, wire it to their homes, fuel it, and then defend it from being stolen. Businessmen sell their own stamps for private mail delivery. There is no central government, no law enforcement, no public utilities. The streets are ruled by gangs, and territory is protected with bullets. Everyone freely exercises their right to bear arms. Every day, all day. It is the perfect free market, a Libertarian’s or Tea Partier’s Utopia. And, it is hopeless.”
    REF
    …there are pros and cons to everything…

  • StephC says:

    So, what you’re saying is we’d be Somalia? You’d really better think long and hard about that, BB.

    I’m not talking about dismantling the central government, either. If we did that, we may as well become 50 separate countries. What I’m talking about is there are limitations to what government can do about some things despite promises to the contrary.

    How do you get to Somalia from there?

  • BB-Idaho says:

    I agree there are limitations to what a government can do. Of course I have thought long and hard about
    what could happen should social security, medicare
    etc be shrunk and the savings passed on as even more tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations.
    To think that would create jobs is the apex of naivity.
    We have had low corporate tax rates going on 40 years and the only jobs created have been either
    at fastfood places..or overseas. Their reason for
    being is to make a profit and there is nothing wrong with that. But for every employee you can get rid of
    your profit margin goes up (check mergers: employees are eliminated, stocks rise). Ridding
    ourselves of unions lowers everyone’s wages:
    think long and hard now…old people-less money,
    less spending, unemployed-less money, less spending…wages decreased-less spending. Now
    the US GDP is 67% consumer spending. We perhaps disagree about economics; IMO it is about trickle up,
    the smoke/mirror ‘trickledown’ theory is strictly about
    two story outhouses. BTW, there are folks that would prefer 50 nationlettes, or even civil war….thanks to
    the new spirit of no compromise, ‘with me or against me’ and ‘if you disagree, you are stupid’. You see it all over the blogosphere-everyone is a journalist, an expert and they gather their sycophants. Unfortunate, IMO….I’m so ancient I can remember when we were
    ALL Americans with a common goal.

  • StephC says:

    the new spirit of no compromise, ‘with me or against me’ and ‘if you disagree, you are stupid’.

    You know, I “hear” this directed at me all the time along with crazy, insane, rabid, and a host of others too vulgar to repeat. It’s a false premise and whole lot of projection on the left side of the blogosphere, mainly because the left doesn’t worry overmuch about self-correction.

    I’m sick to death of this false accusation. What the left calls compromise is “their way or the highway”; always has been and always will be. Methinks they protest too much… trying to push the blame onto somebody else before it can rest upon them in spite of the fact that there’s plenty to go around to both sides.

    I wanted to get that out of the way before addressing the rest of this.

    What are the tax breaks for the wealthy? I hear that term a lot but have yet to see it laid out in numbers or any other fashion as to what those tax breaks are. To use the most known example, the government makes more off a gallon of gas (iirc oil $.07 to the gov’s $.48) than do the oil companies but when the government wants more, they trot out the profits oil companies make and nary a mention of how much the government raked in. When gasoline prices rise, there’s always talk of price gouging and one wonders who is doing the gouging here.

    But for every employee you can get rid of
    your profit margin goes up (check mergers: employees are eliminated, stocks rise).

    Not really. There are other factors involved that can affect profit margin. Productivity goes way down when there are too few employees to do the job. Corporations are more like government bureaucracies and will protect the people at the top before all else.

    Ridding ourselves of unions will not lower everyone’s wages. Society won’t allow that to happen nor will all the laws governing such go away any time soon. My husband was an industrial/commercial electrician for 30 years. When he first started in the trade, he was told to join a union and the first thing the union did was put everyone on strike while still expecting their dues to be paid. He said he quit it right then and there because he was paying someone else to give him a job he could get without them. When he broke his back in ’95, he was making $32/hour.

    There was a time when the unions actually had some good points but considering they started with mobsters trying to go legitimate, over time they have merely become legal mobsters squeezing the life out of both employees and employers to enrich the union bosses before either who actually do the work of making the profit.

    BTW, there are folks that would prefer 50 nationlettes, or even civil war

    Yeah, there are people who want that but they are well in a minority. However, if things continue the way they’re going now, those numbers may grow. It would be heartbreaking to see but it can happen.

  • BB-Idaho says:

    I’m no expert, but gas pump pricing is intriguing. Yes,
    gas taxes (which Reagan raised quite a bit if you didn’t know-check it out) are high…but consistant. Oil company profits are average-they are not ‘gouging’.
    But….the oil futures/trading operations tend to drive
    price significantly. Its a banking investment type of thing..these folks don’t make, use, or sell oil…they
    trade paper…and like all futures trading, there are
    huge fortunes to be made or lost. That drives what we pay at the pump. An argument can be made for
    regulating oil futures trading, eg. it is very important
    commercially (cars, trucks, trains, industry) and price
    variation has huge economic effect. Conversely, we
    run into the too much go’vt regulation argument.
    Worker productivity: it is at all time high levels; as always Americans work harder and longer than workers anywhere in the world. Additionally, tech
    improvements mean fewer workers. [10% can’t find a job and 75% hate their job, from the polls I’ve seen] Frankly, I see no huge increase in jobs from the Dems, the GOP, the Tea Party, nor the way our modern economy works. It is a given, with high unemployment, pay will be suppressed. Of course, these conditions lead to small entrepeneurs, start-ups, self-employment; but there is a limit there as well (though I should think gov’t be supportive of such activity). So it isn’t real simple, HB. 😐
    BTW, do you like Bachmann? I see she has Ed
    Rollins, a very experienced campaign manager…

  • BB-Idaho says:

    RE: “What are the tax breaks for the wealthy? I hear that term a lot but have yet to see it laid out in numbers”
    ….I’ll let a billionaire explain that one:
    ” Warren Buffett, the third-richest man in the world, has criticised the US tax system for allowing him to pay a lower rate than his secretary and his cleaner.
    Mr Buffett said that he was taxed at 17.7 per cent on the $46 million he made last year, without trying to avoid paying higher taxes, while his secretary, who earned $60,000, was taxed at 30 per cent. Mr Buffett told his audience, which included John Mack, the chairman of Morgan Stanley, and Alan Patricof, the founder of the US branch of Apax Partners, that US government policy had accentuated a disparity of wealth that hurt the economy by stifling opportunity and motivation.
    If you’re in the luckiest 1 per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.”

  • StephC says:

    If you’re in the luckiest 1 per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.”

    No, they don’t. That’s the thing. They owe nothing to anybody except by their own consciences. I don’t believe he paid 17.7 percent and have no way to check that as it would be his tax return that would show it. Nor do I believe his 60k secretary paid 30 percent unless he’s including both state and federal taxes. If he’s including state taxes he needs to look at NY, not the rest of us.

    We can continue the way we’re going but it’s not only the freedom to speak and the rest of our bill of rights that we’ll lose. We will also lose the freedom to succeed in the same way that Buffett et al did.

    Entrepreneurship will dry up. Who wants to work their fingers to the bone for the government? A government job is for not working and the larger it grows the less it works.

    BTW, Buffett et al were at a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at the time. In addition, Nancy Pelosi’s net worth increased 67% last year.

    It is not the TEA Party’s responsibility to create jobs. Nor is it the GOP’s or the Dems’. As far as those in government, it is their responsibility to get out of the way of prosperity, though it seems extremely loath to do that, always trying to pick the winners and losers.

  • Bruce says:

    StephC

    “You know, if there was a prize for missing the point, both you and Bruce would be tied for first place.”

    Come on StephC I never miss the point it’s just that I don’t agree with you (even though I still have a crush on you), and If I don’t agree with you then I am accused of missing the point. Your point is clearly you have a phobia against government and you believe that business/private sector should be totally deregulated, free of taxes and allowed to do as it pleases and with that everyone will prosper, or at least more will prosper than are prospering now. You seem to think that I believe that the government should take over and run everything and give us handouts. Well that is simply not true but there has to be a balance.

    Take for instance those oil companies you defend when you said to BB-Idaho “To use the most known example, the government makes more off a gallon of gas (iirc oil $.07 to the gov’s $.48) than do the oil companies”. Not quite sure where those numbers come from but try these:

    ExxonMobil reported $9,910 million in pretax U.S. profits. But with the many tax subsidies they have access to (handouts by the government) that its federal income tax bill was only $39 million, a tax rate of only 0.4 percent.” Read this Citizens for Tax Justice and see what the Mr. Bohner had to say about those handouts. Or maybe as you think that government get out of the way and just let the oil companies continue as they are going while they continue to get “food-stamps” in the form of tax subsidies.

    On healthcare you say that government should not be involved so companies like UnitedHealth can continue to make record profits. UnitedHealth’s net income rose to $1.35 billion, or $1.22 per share, from $1.19 billion, or $1.03 per share, a year earlier. And they are not making these record profits because they have become more efficient they’re making record profits because people can’t afford to go to a doctor because of ever-increasing copays, deductibles and co-insurance payments.

    Yeah maybe you are right maybe the government should just get out of the way and let the market handle it all. At least then we will only be getting screwed once and maybe it will feel better.

    Black in America Baby…..the revolution has been televised

  • StephC says:

    On the oil companies, you are arguing the wrong thing, Bruce. I said that’s what they make off a gallon of gas. I said nothing about their tax bill. The government taxes on that gallon directly affect the person buying that gallon, not the oil companies, hence that’s what the government makes off a gallon of gas that they didn’t do the work to provide.

    Subsidies???? I hate subsidies and do not support them for any industry. I repeat: ANY INDUSTRY.

    On healthcare, you should realize that United Health care endorsed what is now “fondly” called Obamacare. Since Obamacare passed, the insurance industry has gone further downhill fast. Not only are the costs of the insurance gone up and continue to rise, those companies are paying less and less for the services, their own cap and trade rules.

    But if we individuals don’t have it, we go to jail because we certainly won’t be able to afford the fine.

    Your point is clearly you have a phobia against government and you believe that business/private sector should be totally deregulated, free of taxes and allowed to do as it pleases and with that everyone will prosper, or at least more will prosper than are prospering now.

    You’re over-reaching here. That’s not what I said and it’s not what I think.

  • Bruce says:

    StephC,

    Happy 4th of July to you and your family. Have a safe celebration of this wonderful country we live in.

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