I am convinced that many municipal, state and federal workers have no actual idea how good they have it. That is why they always seem to be complaining about their pay. Many must just be clueless. In most cases government jobs are jobs for life, benefits are far above the private sector, and pay usually is too.
This essay by Murray Rothbard holds particular relevance as the Trans Pacific Partnership continues to be negotiated in secret.
What exactly are they afraid of?
Obamacare was crafted in the back rooms of Congress. Congressional staffers and industry lobbyists scribbled away, writing the massive law deep into the night, night after night. Everyone wanted to make sure they got what they wanted. The insurance industry and Big Pharma made sure they got new mandates forcing Americans to buy their products. The politicians got lots and lots of new taxes wedged skillfully into the nooks and crannies of the bill.
The surveillance state is massive. It permeates America in a way that only a few years ago no one would have believed. The devil’s waltz of government and contractors develops ever better means of spying on us.. Billions are spent, and billions more are made by industry. With each dollar a bit more of our liberty ebbs away.
Sadly it is our money being spent on these surveillance efforts. We are financing this increasingly unchecked experiment in human control.
Honestly citizens, just cut these people off. They won’t know what to do. It is after all YOUR money they want. Just shut them down. It’s time to get real. We work too hard for this nonsense.
It’s far too soon to tell. The overwhelming trend over the last 70 years has been toward increased statism and an expanded system of crony capitalism. But we are witness to an amazing change in the political winds. Just a month ago Democrats were declaring victory over having ended the partial government shutdown. Today there isn’t much crowing going on.
Apparently deep within the bowels of Obamacare is a provision which says that if an insurer who participates in the Obamacare exchanges loses over 3% more than they thought they would they can recoup 50% of that loss from the taxpayer. If the companies lose 8% they can recoup 80% of that loss.
If one wants to get paid and one is OK with suckling at the teet of the American taxpayer, DC is the place to do it. It is the capital from The Hunger Games movie. It is here that the wealth of our nation is aggregated. The hinterlands pay their tribute to the massive bureautropolis which straddles the Beltway and stretches into the countryside of Virginia and Maryland.
In the opinion of many in Washington, you the American citizens, exist to support them.
The establishment GOP is digging in its heels. McCain, McConnell, Boehner, and company are clinging to power. They thought they had a win when the shutdown ended. But guess what? More and more people, and not just small government people, now think the shutdown was at least to some degree warranted given the historic disaster that is Obamacare. What a difference 3 weeks makes.