Stop Government From Doing, Please!

Thomas Sowell wrote a three-part series he called Back tothe Future earlier this month that are truly worth reading. You can find the first article here, Part II here and Part III here.

In Back to the Future Part II, Sowell starts out talking about how some people are hoping that Obama’s program are going to save us and others are hoping the Republican plan will save us; but then he has this to say:

Almost nobody seems to be hoping that the government will leave the economy alone to recover on its own. Indeed, almost nobody seems at all interested in looking at the hard facts about what happens when the government leaves the economy alone, compared to what happens when politicians intervene.

Think about those words, my friends, there is some heavy-duty wisdom in that short paragraph. This is what the title of this post is referring to. Our government started doing in a big way in the early 1900’s. Dr.Sowell makes an analogy to eating potato chips; you can’t eat just one. And that is the way it has been with our government and their intervening in the economy to achieve a multitude of different ends. Government its seems can’t help itself from trying to improve upon the free market system. They never undo any of their previous doings. They just keep adding to their doings. The result of all this doing is they are finally drying up spring of wealth they depend on for all their doings.

Latter on in Part II, Sowell talks about the Great Depression:

The grand myth that has been taught to whole generations is that the government is “forced” to intervene in the economy when there is a downturn that leaves millions of people suffering. The classic example is the Great Depression of the 1930s.

What most people are unaware of is that there was no Great Depression until AFTER politicians started intervening in the economy.

There was a stock market crash in October 1929 and unemployment shot up to 9 percent — for one month. Then unemployment started drifting back down until it was 6.3 percent in June 1930, when the first major federal intervention took place.

Please read the rest of what Dr. Sowell has to say about the Great Depression. It will sound to you very much like what Obama and the Democrats are wanting to do now. Be sure to read the examples of how well doing nothing has worked in the past.

Folks, we have to find a way to get Government to not only stop doing more but to stop doing what it is already doing.   As I said earlier, the spring of wealth is drying-up. And now I’ll leave you with a music video that I think is apropos:


Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?



23 thoughts on “Stop Government From Doing, Please!

  1. Government has no answers. Yet, there are a lot of people who believe that government offers a panacea. Oddly, in personal dealings with government, it’s difficult to find anyone who enjoys dealing with bureaucracies and mountains of red tape and rules. And yet…

    The left has a religious belief in the goodness of government, like they have a religious belief in global warming. No amount of reality alters their faith. Their personal experience doesn’t even alter their faith. Simple logic certainly doesn’t alter their faith.

    All we can hope for is that enough sane people in this country vote the insane left out of power, so a dismantling of the behemoth government can begin. I can’t believe that it is more than a small minority who can continue to look at the facts, accumulating so quickly now that they’d seem unavoidable, and still cling to a belief that government has a solution to their problems. Reagan hit the nail on the head: Government isn’t the solution to the problem. Government is the problem.

    1. The Democrats are by far the worst but he the Republicans have grown government as well.That is why we must try to elect people who believe in the constitution. Every year Congress writes a tonne of new laws because they believe that is their job. And most laws create work for some bureaucrat.

  2. I have pointed out, several times, every time Obama speaks, every time he opens his mouth, the Dow tanks… If they could find a way to *cork his pie hole* the U.S. economy would be a lot better off right there…

  3. Forced recovery promoted (and financed) by the government is a false recovery and cannot stand. Indeed, the economic disaster we’re experiencing today is, in large part, the result of government intervention in our economy for the past several decades.

    What Obama is doing right now with the so-called jobs plan is political campaigning and pandering for votes.

  4. I claim the great distinction that Thomas Sowell is from the town in which I live. He’s been gone from here a long time and doesn’t come back. He is an amazing person I admire greatly. No one speaks of him here or touts the fact that he is from here. The big thing they seem to cling to here is a really awful communist labor union uprising at a textile mill where a sheriff and a woman instigator were both shot to death. The woman is hailed as a martyr of the cause. The mill is still standing empty for the last couple of decades. The historical society calls it an icon of something great. The city council can never find an investor who will bring it to life again….thankfully. It is one of those great, huge, old brick hulks with wide plank wood floors that are soaked with the machine oil from years of hard work and industry. The part of town it sits in is riddled with crime and prostitution. The historical society put a memorial in from of the building. It’s called the Loray Mill and you can look it up for the strike that happened in 1929.

    But do we have anything here devoted to Dr. Thomas Sowell? Sadly, no.

    On Dr. Sowell’s advice, pols won’t listen to it, but the tea party is trying to tell everyone that we have to get rid of this giant monstrosity choking us all to death. This has been coming on for decades without one President undoing what the previous President or congress has done…just adding insult upon insult. I just have to say what Obama is doing is deliberate destruction. He means to take us down. It’s more than just socialist meddling. Much more and much worse.

    1. Dr. Sowell is an American icon and deserve to be recognized as such.

      It may take decades to undo all that has been done by previous Administrations but we can start in 2013 by undoing the four years of Obama. That will be a good start.

  5. These are getting to be very long days. We will see how he makes out with his Palestine mess today. Perhaps more folks will figure out the Emperor is wearing no clothes.

  6. The best government for a free society is the one that governs least. The economic woes are just one of the biggest problems. Everything they touch–with the exception of the military–could be done more efficiently by private enterprise.

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