Friday, June 05, 2015
Say What You Will, But Government Is The Catalyst For Growth
I know mentioning "collectivism" or "wealth redistribution" is a big turn-off for most folks across the political spectrum, and I'm not posting this to argue points for or against collectivism. Nor am I arguing how some billionaires demand government play a substantial enough role in their private-for-profit enterprise to say that WITHOUT government power and its ability to apply collectivism as the central funding tool - there would be no jobs created, less revenue for the state and zero growth. But that's what they say.
I won't make the case mainly because politicians holding the press conference on a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks in the video below, including Scott Walker and state republicans, make that case for me. In fact, the bipartisan group present evidence so strong for private sector dependency on government for growth that they insist it would cost taxpayers even more in the long-term ...without it. "It" being government, wealth redistribution and the concept known as collectivism. Got that? Again, I'm not arguing that point. They are, and I'm just saying.
Now, you will never find me in agreement with very wealthy individuals or capital investment funds insisting taxpayers need to put "more skin in game" before they commit to invest in a community or state. Also, you won't be seeing me support politically motivated small government low-wage conservative "free market" tax cutters who then suddenly imply that without a community accepting higher tax obligations, that community will face an economic death spiral. Nope, those are different arguments from the past I've tackled and I won't repeat them here.
But I do find it very troubling (on top of everything else he's done to the state) how Gov. Scott Walker can magically find $250 million he claims without raising "new" taxes when it's for a billionaires private development, yet he can't find an extra million or two each for a couple dozen Wisconsin communities struggling to make ends meet to pay for schools or roads? For that, we'll need a referendum to tax ourselves again.
Nevertheless, if you want to see that rare moment in time when politicians enthusiastically make the case for collectivism and warn of a steep price taxpayers will pay if they don't embrace it, then you should watch the video:
Posted by Lou Kaye at 12:01 AM