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Economics is not nearly as complicated as our brilliant Washington D.C. minds say it is. It is not an art requiring the ability to read the chicken entrails spilled by the accountant on the third floor of the Department of Labor. Successful economics is about providing incentives to the individual to produce more goods and services that other people want to consume. That’s it. Anything that quashes those incentives hurts the economy; anything that boosts those incentives helps the economy.
But liberals have a stake in turning government into sorcery so that they can get their way while mystifying the people. Actually, that’s the entire basis of liberal government over the past hundred years: don’t try governing at home, kids – leave it to the professionals. That’s how we end up with the odd notion that the president of the United States “runs” the economy. It’s a misnomer embraced by members of both parties. When Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich or Obama say they will “create jobs,” the answer is: no, you won’t. We will, if you leave us the hell alone. Government is there to stop people from stealing our money. It’s not there to turn our sow’s ear into a silk purse.
While we continue to buy into the perverse fiction that the real sorcerers out there –those who staff the administrative agencies that control our lives – we’ll give up our liberties and our freedoms. What’s worse, we’ll act as though if we just get the right sorcerer in office, he’ll do the trick. Like the villagers of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, we’ll search for a witch who weighs the same as a duck, and is therefore made of wood.
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