A Cautionary Tale

Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert. Congress said, “Someone may steal from it at night.” So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job. 

Then Congress said, “How does the watchman do his job without instruction?” So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies. 

Then Congress said, “How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?” So they created a Quality Control Department and hired two people: one to do the studies and one to write the reports. 

Then Congress said, “How are these people going to get paid?” They created two positions, and they hired someone to keep time, and someone manage the payroll. 

Then Congress said, “Who will be accountable for all of these people?” So they created an administrative section and hired three people: an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary. 

Then Congress said, “We have had this command in operation for one Year and we are $918,000 over budget, we must cutback.” So they laid off the night watchman. 

Remember the reason given for the establishment of the Department of Energy… during the Carter Administration? Bottom line: We’ve spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency… the reason for which most people cannot remember. It was very simple..and at the time, everybody thought it very appropriate. The Department of Energy was instituted on August 4, 1977, to “lessen our dependence on foreign oil.” Thirty-three years later, our budget for the Department of Energy is $24.2 billion a year. It boasts 16,000 federal employees and approximately 100,000 contract employees. I don’t think anyone would have taken the first step if they could have foreseen this inevitable calamity. Thirty-three years ago, 30% of our oil consumption was foreign imports. Today 70% of our oil consumption is foreign imports.
Today, we are in the process of turning over the banking system, health care, and the auto industry to the very same government.
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  1. *Anyone* could have foreseen this inevitable calamity. And many people did. It’s exactly what happens every time we give the federal government an inch. Department of Energy, Department of Education, Department of the Interior, the Internal Revenue Service…HUGE federal bureaucracies set up to fix problems we could fix ourselves, most of which were caused by government agencies in the first place, for example the Securities and Exchange Commission monitoring financial companies while runaway government created, deepened, and prolonged The Great Depression. And now they’re doing it again, having created the current economic crisis by encouraging and forcing banks to make bad loans they’re now “riding to our rescue” with more regulation, interference, and coercion.
    If we don’t send a message to Democrats *and* Republicans on November 2nd, 2010 then we might as well give up now and let them make the United States of America into the next Starnesville.

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