Yesterday amongst my online pals, I was lamenting a new law that pushes for light bulbs to be more efficient, but in effect ends up pushing the masses to use more efficient but also more expensive and more hazardous CFC bulbs. The focus of my complain was a statement from Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who said: “We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money.” Yes, we the masses would be lost if we didn’t have the government guiding our way.
Now, we have President Obama, who is currently trying to get a deal done to raise the debt limit. During a press conference, he stated:
I don’t want a deal in which I am able to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars that I don’t need, while a parent struggling to send her kid to college finds they have a couple thousand dollars less in grants and student loans.
For now, let’s move past the second part of the statement, where he invokes the time honored tradition of scare tactics. Let’s talk about the “need.”
On the surface, Mr. Obama is talking about himself not needing a tax break, and not needing money he considers to be extra money. It’s quite humorous that he states this, since as President, he has everything taken care of. But let’s go below the surface. Obviously, his statement implicitly implies that the higher income earners should be happy to pay more in taxes because they don’t “need” the extra money they have in the bank. Once again, here is the government to our rescue, to guide us!
Hey! You’ve earned enough money! It doesn’t matter what your plans are for you money, we the government have decided FOR you that you have more than you need! Ignore that we are notorious for overspending! Its your patriotic duty to pay up anytime we feel we need more money!
Oh, and let’s do revisit the second part of the statement, regarding grants and loans. We are in a dire financial situation. Isn’t it a natural assumption that folks are going to feel the pain? And even if taxes go up, wouldn’t that money go to pay down the debt? Evidently, even in a situation where cuts should be the priority, and paying down deficit and debt right behind that, the administration will find ways to either increase spending somewhere or attempt to keep things status quo. Hello! McFly! Is that what Joe Public does when he needs to cut spending in his own household?
Just remember: the government knows what’s best!