You may have noticed an obvious disconnect between the application of the cooperative aspects of socialism in our democratic society and its implementation.
Click here to read part 1 if you haven’t done so.
With all the billions of dollars pumped into our physical and societal infrastructure, why aren’t more people being fairly educated? Why are our roads crumbling? Why do farmers need to rely so heavily on subsidies? Why are sick people left without medical care, and our elders who’ve worked and paid taxes all their lives, unable to survive on their meager and disappearing social security benefits?
Make way for those elephants.
The first one is called Big Government, and he gets his trunk into monies that should be going directly to the people in the form of services and benefits they’ve already paid for, siphoning off billions of dollars of tax money before it has a chance to get to the man on the street.
It’s not hard to understand or see, he’s right out there in the open. His massive dietary requirements, in the form of his ponderous salary and burgeoning life support system, siphon off huge portions of the money flowing into the system that would otherwise go directly to the people that need and deserve it. But, you say, it takes a lot of money to run governments. True, but not anywhere near as much as we’re paying now. More on that later.
And let’s not even begin to speculate on the cost of the corruption involved.
Big Government’s appetite for other people’s money pales in comparison to that of his best friend, Big Money. Big money incentivises corruption in government by making truly ridiculous amounts of money available to politicians through various routes. Lobbyists. PAC and Super PAC funding. Legislative maneuvers that greedy politicians use to pass bills that promote huge companies, crush competitors, and allow political “investors” make exorbitant profits.
Where does all this green feed for these two behemoths come from?
Taxes and profits. Taxes we’ve touched on, but what’s wrong with profits? Nothing. The problem comes in the pricing practices that drive profits and the distribution of those profits. In a nutshell, there is so very much money hidden by the inefficient and often illegal pricing and profit distribution practices of our friend Big Money, that there are literally billions of dollars leftover for what amounts to blatant bribery in Big Government.
Tune in again for Part 3: So Now What?