Politics: 1 Tape 2 Tape Red Tape Blue Tape or It's the Bureaucrats, Stupid...
It is hard to know whether Congressman Mike Kelly knew that his delicious diatribe on the House floor would be the perfect follow up to Obama of Roanoke or not. But it was.
Thus I submit that all you really need to know about the two general visions for America being debated in this election cycle can be summed up by contrasting the Pennsylvania Congressman’s now semi-famous rant and Roanoke. Oh, it’s not all there is to know, but perhaps it really is all one needs to know - as it perfectly illustrates the liberal “you didn’t build that” government centered mindset in action on main street - as it plays out every hour of every business day destroying businesses, hopes, dreams and lives.
Once the very foundational nature of this insidiousness is understood, everything else falls into place. Perhaps even for the precious moderates and independents. It’s the bureaucrats, stupid!
Vote Obama in 2012, and you have cast your ballot for more rules and more paperwork and more bureaucrats to answer to should you dare to try and carve out your little piece of the pie without government help. Vote against Obama, and you are at least saying “no” to the Roanoke vision - and whether or not the other side is worthy of your vote is another question altogether.
Yes, bureaucrats, bureaucracies, red tape, endless and mindless regulations are the real cancer that is sapping the freedom from not only our economy but from our very lives. As many are beginning to find out and as Mr. Kelly so passionately described, red tape and bureaucrats cripple or destroy potential business deals on the surface every minute. But the more ominous impact is that below the surface, this dynamic depresses and numbs the human spirit of the would-be self-starting entrepreneur. And do not think for a minute that this is by accident.
True entrepreneurs naturally embrace the challenges of competition and marketing and of building a team, because those are but inherent hurdles in a great game where the winners – and there are many winners – can achieve freedom and independence and self-actualization. And in this game, you win by having a good idea and by working hard and working smart and by innovation pursued with boldness.
There is nothing in this great game that will ultimately defeat the entrepreneur. It is simple human nature. There is, however, one way to defeat the entrepreneur and thereby ruin an entrepreneurial economy.
Change the game.
Yes, rig the game so that honesty and hard work and innovation are merely coins of a foolish realm. Rig the game so that the little microbial rules become more important than the game itself - thereby elevating the little human microbes who sit in government cubicles 40 hours a week with no risk above the dreamers who work 100 hour weeks and who are willing to risk everything.
Moreover, continue to confiscate more and more of the fruits of entrepreneurial success so you can give more and more salary and health care and benefits to those destructive bureaucrats who ironically are paid to destroy those same entrepreneurs. And then to top it off, have a President who gives a speech letting you know that not only does he approve of this and want more of it, he enjoys insulting folks who deigned to have an American dream in the first place by giving credit for their success to the very folks who are making it damned near impossible to succeed.
This takes irony and hutzpah to new levels.
And don’t think for a minute that these bureaucratic Barney Fifes don’t know inside that they don’t have the stones to go it alone, and don’t think for a minute that they don’t enjoy the power they are given over those that do. That’s why the crowd in Roanoke was high fiving and giving Amen’s to brother Barack as he was taking the movers and shakers down a peg or two. The resentment was palpable.
Yes, this is how you kill the entrepreneurial spirit. Kill the entrepreneurial spirit, and you kill America. I think the appropriate euphemisms are “hope and change” and “fundamental transformation.” Do those ring a bell with you?
In Kelly’s particular case, he was describing how government red tape is suffocating his business by coming between him and his banker. Kelly is in the auto business, and has a banking relationship with a man he grew up with and who has an office near Kelly’s establishment. Everything that a banker could possibly need to know about the credit worthiness of Kelly’s business is readily available through the very nature of their relationship and their proximity.
Now one might think that what government should want is for bankers to have a good idea of the credit worthiness of their clients so that we have a viable business environment. You might remember that little sub prime mortgage meltdown and all of that, right? This was the result of government mandated NON-assessment of credit worthiness.
What Obama of Roanoke government really wants however is raw power. One real good way to have it is to take a common sense and mutually beneficial business relationship away from Kelly and his neighboring banker in Pennsylvania - and give it to nameless, faceless bureaucrats in Washington who now have the power of Dodd Frank and 1100 pages of forms to wield over Kelly and his banker. And over you and me as well.
And to folks who believe that “you didn’t build that,” this is music to their ears. They either believe it in ignorance or cheer it with their resentment. Or both. And it’s not just Dodd Frank. This is what will make everything about Obama Care like pulling teeth, including pulling teeth. This is the EPA and the INS and the IRS and the TSA and all the other alphabet agencies becoming the focus of our lives.
When these agencies choose to do business with us, we do not have the freedom to take our business elsewhere.
The result is, we won’t get anything done – because we have to get approval on this and triplicate on that and on and on it goes. This is anathema to the entrepreneur’s very fibre. This is what keeps the movers and shakers from moving and shaking. This is what motivates Atlas to shrug. This is what liberal elites know. This is what they want.
Remember, it was Dodd and Frank – and all the others who joined their vision of home ownership and mortgage underwriting - who killed the economy. So naturally, the Roanoke answer is to have more Dodd and Frank. You know, bureaucrats killed the economy, so we must give more power to bureaucrats to revive it.
Yes, it’s the bureaucrats stupid. And the stupid bureaucrats too.