P.J. O’Rourke on the economic consequences of government

“Government does not cause affluence. Citizens of totalitarian countries have plenty of government and nothing of anything else. “

— P. J. O’Rourke

[See I thought P.J. O’Rourke was this obnoxious Trump hating redhead with a beard. Brent Bozell? This guy looks like an intelligent and rational person. I was wrong, he’s just another Trump hater.]

This quote in one sentence says everything that is wrong with the typical American’s way of thinking: The government doesn’t make you rich and the government doesn’t “solve” problems. Something so basic, something so well understood by our founders and by our founding documents. Where did that understanding go? How did we get so stupid? Politicians are work averse, they are incapable of accomplishing anything productive.

[People will never figure it out, but Republicans are the Washington Generals (the Harlem Globetrotter’s opponent). Their role is to be this strawman opponent that the Democrats can rail against and point to, then lose. I can name you Democrat victories going back to 1910 (gun control, the Federal Reserve, The New Deal, Great Society, the income tax…), but I can’t name you 1 Republican victory. The Republican Party is designed to be a Blackhole, sucking up all conservative time, energy and money, while producing nothing. Freedom will live when the Republican Party dies. – me]

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