Monday, October 11, 2010

We Don't Do Numbahs

This is a reprise of an oldie but goodie with an addition or two. The oldie can be found here if you want to see exactly how much I am plagiarizing myself. (can you do that?)

In the video California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, who is a Democrat, obliquely takes a shot at the Republicans for focusing on the Culture War instead of bread and butter issues like controlling State spending. But he really opens several new orifices on Democrats.

And now. For some really old stuff brought to you by Clayton Cramer. Federalist Paper #62. And other creamy goodness. So when you are done here go there.
...great injury results from an unstable government. The want of confidence in the public councils damps every useful undertaking, the success and profit of which may depend on a continuance of existing arrangements. What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not but that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed? What farmer or manufacturer will lay himself out for the encouragement given to any particular cultivation or establishment, when he can have no assurance that his preparatory labors and advances will not render him a victim to an inconstant government? In a word, no great improvement or laudable enterprise can go forward which requires the auspices of a steady system of national policy.
So some white guys 200 years ago figured out that discontinuity in government is bad for business? And the new guy came in promising to remake America? And voters thought it would be a good idea? Well voters, a little more change than you had hoped for? You betcha.

Here is a nice low cost printed version of The Federalist Papers.

H/T Instapundit

Cross Posted at Classical Values

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BooMushroom said...

I love that he tells the Democrats that the Republicans, culturally, know more about effeciency, and how to make thinks work better. I would love to see a cohesive argument against this.

WV: ladecrat - a politician who likes scooping big heaps of government over any problem he sees on his plate. Synonymous with Democrat, but also seen in some habitats with an 'R' in front the name.

Tscottme said...

So the theory is that Democrats give money to all allies and swell government beyond all bounds because they don't know it will wreck the nation?

For the last time it makes no difference if they don't know spending too much is bad or if they don't care that spending too much is bad. They aren't concerned with the survival of THIS country to limit their actions.

The left wants to take over everything and the right wants to be left alone. The right pays by Mayberry rules and the left plays by prison rules. Stop arguing as if the left believes what you believe and wants what you want. The left would have changed decades ago if evidence and consequences meant anything to them. It doesn't mean anything. They want to destroy everything so that man's inherent goodness can be unleashed. Destruction is the goal.

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SenatorMark4 said...

This man totally understands that the current crop of legislators canNOT fix the problems they've created. There MAY be hope in a Republican wave election in November but I have serious doubts. Simple things like tracking the money spent, eg. entitlements, would help which is why the idea of an IRS Form 1099-GOV makes sense. You sweat for a W-2, consult and cop a 1099-MISC, but beg and get free government money. Would 80,000 dead and prisoners have received stimulus cash if they were going to have to reply to the IRS about a 1099-GOV? No!