Steamboat Springs So, how do you like the "change" so far? To those with little appreciation of the genius of our republic and the free enterprise system, I direct the question as you likely voted for Obama and change. Is this what you wanted? Let's take a look:
- Is it your opinion that we can borrow or print trillions of dollars without a day of reckoning? Is a nation really all that different from an individual or company that spends massive amounts more than it takes in? Will the Chinese, Saudis and Japanese continue to buy our essentially worthless paper? If not, ever heard of runaway inflation that wipes out 100 percent of everyone's assets and savings?
- Does anyone really think that the financial downtown was caused by allowing citizens to keep more of their own money? Has anyone heard of the Wall Street Journal editorials for at least the past 12 years warning about the quasi-governmental agencies Fannie and Freddie's threat to the entire economy? Have you seen the clips of Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and other Democrats proclaiming these were solid institutions, and thus, we should be doing more subprime mortgages, not less?
- Is it wise for the government to take ownership in private companies? Can you picture ongoing necessary business decisions being made by Congress that wouldn't be sources of endless bickering and inaction? Further, is it not obvious how little business background most members of Congress have?
- Does taxing the "rich" seem a bit more personal now? Regardless of one's income, just what percentage should the government be allowed to confiscate? Ten percent, 25 percent, 50 percent, 75 percent? The fact is that with the new increases proposed, if you add all the local, state and federal ones together, some people surely will be close to that 75 percent figure. We also tend to forget that with each increment of income we give up, we also surrender an equal amount of freedom. Further, does anyone recognize the difference between Equality of Opportunity vs. Forced Equality?
- We're all environmentalists in the sense of wanting clean air and water. But some of us also understand that taking an enormously expensive flier on unproven global warming in exchange for millions in lost jobs is close to insanity. One thing the envirowackos have been successful at is obfuscating the incredible costs of their plans. The bottom line is they actually want gasoline and other energy prices to increase : a lot. Question: Does this qualify as "higher taxes?"
- Have you looked at these trillions Democrats want to "invest" in simply more and better ways to make their party a majority for the foreseeable future? Does this have anything to do with creating private jobs, which is the only method to rebuild the economy? Is it not obvious that "make work" projects may provide a little short-term relief for a few workers but do nothing to create real wealth as the private sector does?
The fact is this "transformation" of our country means a vision of more and more and more big government, which means less and less liberty and freedom. If that's what you voted for and really want, you should be very happy. If, on the other hand, you just thought that our charismatic president had some magic to solve our problems, better take another look. These all are shopworn socialistic ideas that have failed time and again because they are antithetical to human nature. The power should be with the people, not the government. That works; the other never has and never will.
Hofmeister is the owner and operator of Hofmeister Personal Jewelers in downtown Steamboat, a company he founded in 1973. He is a director of the Conservative Leadership Council of Northwest Colorado and a former Republican nominee for Congress in the 10th District of Indiana. He made 18 trips to the former USSR to teach democratic-capitalism during the 1990s.