Friday, December 11, 2009

Big Government Is Coming To Town

(This is an article I wrote relating to the state of Kentucky...just insert your own state's stimulous numbers.)
Big Government is coming to town.

You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout I’m telling you why
Big Government is coming to town.

“Hope and change.” It sounded as good as baseball and apple pie, silver and gold, Robin Hood and his merry men. But what exactly are we getting for all that hope and change. An unemployment rate at 10.7 percent.

Joe the Plumber summed it up nicely right before the 2008 election. He was concerned that then-Sen. Obama was going to raise his taxes on his small plumbing business and asked him directly about his plan. The response was telling. Obama said, “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” In other words, spreading the wealth around lets Obama play at being Santa Claus. He gets to take that wealth from those who earn it and give it to someone else. That sounds like socialism to me. Which begs the question, was Santa Claus a socialist? Well, I can’t say for certain, but the last time I checked, Claus & Co. had an entire manufacturing firm of little elves slaving away at the North Pole. I’m sure they get benefits like a lifetime supply of cookies and hot chocolate, reindeer rides and their choice from all the reject toys. And I’ve never heard any stories of Santa sending around any tax, er… I mean toy-collector elves after black Friday and cyber Monday, collecting all those expensive toys from rich parents to later place under the trees of poor ones.

But this isn’t stopping big government bureaucrats that reside, not at the North Pole, but right here in Frankfort and Washington. They are still determined to play at being Santa Claus to all their special interests, including a mere $3.2 billion worth of Christmas gifts, er…. I mean “stimulus” funds, for the state of Kentucky. Everyone loves a good visit from Santa Claus, but when he comes bearing that $3.2 billion in government funding, we might want to remember:

He sees you when you're sleeping He knows when you're awake He knows if you've been bad or good So be good for goodness sake!

Santa Claus is asking us to be good for goodness sake and if you aren’t you might get a lump of coal instead of that Nintendo Wii, or even that $3.2 billion you expect to appear under the tree. Like the fictional Santa, the very real big government, isn’t asking. It’s telling. It knows if you’ve been bad or good little citizens. And if you aren’t good, well there’s always fees, higher taxes, or – in the case of federal mandated health insurance – jail time.

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