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When Government Slippery Slope Goes Vertical

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by KenH, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. KenH

    KenH Active Member

    May 18, 2002
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    When Government Slippery Slope Goes Vertical

    by David Boaz

    Libertarians often warn about the slippery slope of government intervention:

    Let the government run the schools, and it may end up teaching your children values that offend you. Let the government have new powers to fight terrorism, and it may use those extraordinary powers in the pursuit of ordinary crimes. Let the federal government give the states money for highways, and it may eventually use its money to impose its own rules on the states.

    In the Obama era, the slippery slope has gone vertical. Instead of "eventually," the feared extensions of government power come immediately.

    When President Obama decided to convert George W. Bush's bailout of General Motors Corp. and Chrysler L.L.C. into effective government ownership, critics warned that this could lead to political intrusion into the management of automobile companies, with decisions being made for political instead of economic reasons. The companies would get less efficient. The government might try to preserve jobs or engage in political grandstanding rather than build sound companies that serve consumers - eventually.

    But there was no "eventually" about it....

    But what about the slippery slope? Well, it went totally vertical. On the very day that the government czar announced that he would cut the pay of companies that received taxpayer bailouts, the Federal Reserve announced that it would start regulating compensation at the thousands of banks that it regulates, as well as American subsidiaries of non-U.S. financial companies. Some state regulators said they planned to issue similar requirements for state-regulated banks not covered by the Fed plan.

    All of this is being done without any legitimate power under the Constitution, and much of it without even the authorization of Congress. Congress refused to bail out the auto companies, so Bush did it on his own authority. Congress never authorized the Federal Reserve to regulate the pay of bank employees.


    It's time for Americans of left, right, and center to say that this is not the economic system we want. If you still have warm feelings toward Obama and his good intentions, ask yourself this: Will you feel comfortable one day when the appointees of President Romney or President Palin are exercising unconstitutional, unauthorized, unreviewable authority to restructure the economy the way they see fit?

    - more at www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=10950
  2. billwald

    billwald New Member

    Jun 28, 2000
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    >It's time for Americans of left, right, and center to say that this is not the economic system we want

    Someone please detail the best economic system for 350 million sinners who are liars by nature.