In response to Burr Deming's Why Obama Will Not Offer Two Reasonable Reforms
Soon after Obama took office, the administration offered a plan that originated in the conservative Heritage Foundation and had been sponsored in legislation by 19 Republicans including Orrin Hatch, Charles Grassley, Robert Bennett, and Christopher Bond. It was market based and had been tried successfully on a state level.
As soon as President Obama endorsed it, those same Republicans denounced it, and a campaign was started labeling the conservative proposals as a socialistic expansion of government. We know the plan today as Obamacare.
The fact that the venerable Heritage Foundation would offer any variation of Obamacare whatsoever only goes to prove that even some conservatives can make horrible mistakes that are contrary to their basic core principles. The fact that my two Senators of Bennett and Hatch championed this and many other obviously non-market driven liberal programs is why Bennett was voted out of the senate two years ago and Hatch is in the fight of his career this year to retain his seat. I just finished my ballot and voted for his opponent, Dan Liljenquist accordingly.
I am all for some minimal federal regulation of businesses to ensure non-monopolistic behaviors, customer and employee safety, common sense environmental protections, and perhaps a few other limited things. However, by and large, why our government is in the business of insuring ANY bank’s deposits seems to me to be an overreaching of their constitutional limitations, but then that is something that hasn’t really been followed to any reasonable degree since the 19th century anyhow. The cost of regulation has been far more detrimental to growth and the economy then would have been a totally unregulated business environment. Sarbanes-Oxley is a fine example of expensive, tedious, and largely unnecessary government regulation of businesses.
The be-all and end-all of all of our society’s problems should not reside with the federal government. They should be the institution of LAST resort and then only when they are constitutionally mandated to handle the given problem at hand.
I realize my approach is anachronistic today, but I guarantee we wouldn’t have a $16 trillion dollar debt and be having discussions over basic enumerated Bill of Rights issues if we would have stuck to such a governing strategy.
In addition to his struggle here to educate stubborn pupil Burr Deming on the virtues of conservatism, T. Paine writes for his own site, where federal intervention is only an extremely remote last resort.
Please visit Saving Common Sense.
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