P.J. O’Rourke wrote, “The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.”
Advocates for limited government can identify with that sentiment.
It seems that each successive administration in Washington piles on more regulations and more bureaucracy, and intrudes more into the everyday lives of Americans, regardless of which party is holding the reins. That’s not likely to change later this month when Barack Obama is inaugurated as the nation’s 44th president.
On Dec. 21 the president-elect announced plans to form a task force aimed at helping middle-class wage earners regain their place in the U.S. economy.
He’s put Vice President-elect Joe Biden in charge of the task force that will “conduct outreach sessions with representatives of labor, business and advocacy groups,” according to a report from McClatchy Newspapers.
Organized labor welcomed the move, with Anna Burger, head of the union advocacy group Change to Win, remarking, “The ‘White House Task Force on Working Families’ is a vital first step toward restoring our economy and making government work for working people again.”
Begging your pardon, Anna, but what was that $700-plus billion bailout package rushed through Congress last fall if not a “first step” toward restoring the economy?
A better idea would be for government to get rid of industry-killing red tape and let the economy recover without a bunch of government bureaucrats meddling every step of the way.
No person or group has the acumen to decide which tweaks will put the economy back on sound footing. Our economy is too big for that simplistic solution.
Government got us into this mess; let’s not give it another shot to make things worse.