Most politicians want to “do something” and that’s why they ran in the first place. Politicians make promises… candidates who promise to do as little as possible only win in Texas.
Doing things costs money. The Government doesn’t create products so they cannot raise money the old fashioned way. They can offer services, but for some reason government services are universally rotten; they only make a profit when they eliminate all competition. So politicians have little to do until they come up with a scheme to get some cash. Beg, borrow, or steal… print, borrow, or tax.
The enterprising politician feels a need to unveil a trophy before the elections. A bridge, a program, a missile…useful things if possible, but most important is something superficially impressive. But you don’t impress folks by spending the same amount as you spent last time. Oh no, we need to make a splash… a bigger splash for each election cycle. Like most young men know, it takes the right car to impress the right girl. And the girl wants the right shoes… it’s just human nature.
Spending money and making promises can get a nation, state, or city into trouble. Ask Detroit or California. When things go poorly you need a scapegoat. Ask any politician running for re-election in this economy. They blame everyone for… wait for it… for not giving them the power to spend even more.
Now we’ve promised bottomless entitlements to an aging population from a shrinking work force. Earlier we promised ever expanding housing prices that lead to a collapse of both the housing market and the banking industry. These problems were caused by our government. Promise and spend, hope and change, compassionate conservatism…. both parties and most of the politicians have done this to us. Some are worse than others, but the real problem is how the voters vote for promises.
It’s not just that there is no free lunch. That one seemingly free lunch you voted for yourself cost us 135,877.92 $$ and that was before we tipped the entire House & Senate. They told you it was someone else’s money, but now you’ve been out of work for a year.
We blame Bush for spending too much money but then we spend even more!
Wake up America… wake up.