This really shouldn’t need to be explained – not in a nation whose business was once business – but, sadly, it would appear that it does need to be explained. So, if the majority of the RNL audience will just indulge me as I cover some basic concepts they already understand, I will try to explain this to those who still do not.
Progressive governments will not stop increasing spending for one simple reason: control. If they stop spending, they lose their control over the State governments and the individual. What’s more, government is not immune from the same economic forces that govern business. In business, if you are not growing, you are shrinking. The same applies to government: if it is not growing, it is shrinking, and a shrinking government is a government that is losing its control. And that is why Progressive governments will never stop spending more and more money: because, if they stop, they lose control – and losing control means they lose their personal position and power.
Now, this control manifests itself in many ways. The federal government uses spending to control State governments by creating spending programs in the form of “entitlements” that the federal government knows full well the States cannot afford to fund. What then happens is the States are forced to chose between accepting government money and all the strings that come attached to it (i.e. federal control over the State), or the dissolution of the Union. This is actually the choice as, if the State refuses to accept the government money and cannot afford to fund the programs it is legally bound to pay for on its own, the only option left to the State is to nullify the law. In essence, this is a rejection of the federal government and, if it were to be done as much as would be required to stop the encroachments of the federal government, the State(s) would essentially be seceding from the union. Since this is a choice the federal government knows the State will not take, the federal government knows it can control the States by spending money.
This works in a similar way with individuals. The federal government creates programs that are “marketed” as “entitlements” (i.e. giveaways). These “entitlements” are intentionally designed to make the people who accept them dependent upon these programs, thus, dependent upon the federal government. This then gives the federal government further control over the States by providing a voting bloc that can be manipulated through threat of spending cuts. The secondary benefit is that it allows the federal government direct control over the individual. This is accomplished by manipulating the requirements necessary to receive these entitlements. Thus, by spending, the federal government can control the State governments and the people at the same time. What’s more, the government gets to sit back and say they are not forcing anyone to do anything when, in reality, they are.
What the federal government has done can be thought of this way. Pretend we are all in the middle of a desert and the nearest shelter is either here, in the government camp, or 500 miles away, through the desert. Now the government comes and tells you that you are “free” to stay in the camp, where they will provide you the minimum sustenance you need to survive, but in return, you have to agree to let them have control over everything you do. Or, if you do not accept these terms, you are “free” to leave into the desert. In reality, this is not choice at all: if one wishes to survive, one must submit to the government’s control. There is no other practical option. And this is what our government has done – and it has used the people’s money to build this trap.
There is one last atrocity here. It does not bother the federal government that it is spending money it does not have. The power mongers never worry about tomorrow, they live only for today and assume they will be able to manage whatever happens tomorrow. The deficit spending these governments are doing is actually a debt placed on people who have not been born. There is nothing “democratic” about this as the unborn have no vote, therefore, no representation. What deficit spending really is is slavery. By placing a debt on future generations, the government is telling those future generations they MUST work for the benefit of those alive today. Any time a person is forced to work to provide for another, that is slavery.
And that is why Progressives will never stop increasing government spending: because, if they do, they lose power. It is that simple: period, end of issue. And everything about it is immoral and evil — everything.