If you listen to Bernie…


If you listen to Bernie, the evil in the world is laid at the feet of “millionaires and billionaires.” When any Democrat takes aim at the rich, they single out the Koch brothers and their evil empire, Koch Industries. But what does Koch, himself, have to say about it? In some respects Charles G. Koch agrees with Bernie – and so does the Rugged Individualist.

I do not blame anyone for looking out for their own best interests. That is a perfectly normal human response. It is the foundation of capitalism. Capital transfers occur when all parties concerned think they are getting a “good deal.” (Footnote)

But the system falters when government meddles with the process. Both political parties have sought to create policies and regulations that pick winners and losers. They believe they are smart enough to control the behavior of hundreds of millions of sentient human beings (or, at least, the behavior of their major donors and voting blocks). They believe they can upend the “price-control mechanism” of capitalism with impunity. Simply stated, they cannot! Their machinations only perpetuate a cycle of control, dependency, cronyism and poverty.

Charles Koch authored an Op Ed recently that restores my faith in capitalism and limited government.

Charles Koch: This is the one issue where Bernie Sanders is right

By Charles G. Koch

The senator is upset with a political and economic system that is often rigged to help the privileged few at the expense of everyone else, particularly the least advantaged. He believes that we have a two-tiered society that increasingly dooms millions of our fellow citizens to lives of poverty and hopelessness. He thinks many corporations seek and benefit from corporate welfare while ordinary citizens are denied opportunities and a level playing field.

I agree with him.

Democrats and Republicans have too often favored policies and regulations that pick winners and losers… Large portions of the business community have actively pushed for these policies.

Consider the regulations, handouts, mandates, subsidies and other forms of largesse our elected officials dole out to the wealthy and well-connected. The tax code alone contains $1.5 trillion in exemptions and special-interest carve-outs. Anti-competitive regulations cost businesses an additional $1.9 trillion every year. Perversely, this regulatory burden falls hardest on small companies, innovators and the poor, while benefitting many large companies like ours. This unfairly benefits established firms and penalizes new entrants, contributing to a two-tiered society. (Statistics bear this out. The U.S. startup rate has been falling for decades. The Kauffman Foundation, citing its own research and drawing on U.S. Census data, concluded that the number of companies less than a year old had declined as a share of all businesses by nearly 44 percent between 1978 and 2012 – RF.)

Whenever we allow government to pick winners and losers, we impede progress and move further away from a society of mutual benefit. This pits individuals and groups against each other and corrupts the business community, which inevitably becomes less focused on creating value for customers. That’s why Koch Industries opposes all forms of corporate welfare — even those that benefit us. (The government’s ethanol mandate is a good example. We oppose that mandate, even though we are the fifth-largest ethanol producer in the United States.)

My friends, the difference between Bernie and the Rugged Individualist lies in the solution to a problem upon which we both agree. Bernie would “solve” the problem with greater government intrusion. I would solve the problem by getting the government out of the business of picking winners and losers. The government just sucks when it comes to picking winners and losers.

Roy Filly

Footnote:

Typically the second largest purchase a US citizen makes is his/her automobile. It is a classic example of capitalism. You decide which car you want from literally hundreds of choices. You are not limited by geography – you can purchase cars made as far apart as Europe and Japan. You negotiate a price with a dealership or individual. When the two parties are satisfied with the price negotiation, the deal is sealed and there is a transfer of capital for the object of desire. No one pulls a gun or drops a bomb. Both parties feel they have come out ahead. The purchaser is typically ecstatic about their purchase and shows it off to their friends and neighbors. They park it in their driveway with pride. The seller is happy – or the dealer would NOT have accepted the offer. Both participants in the deal believe they have come out ahead.

You can always spot a hardcore Democrat. They drive really old, beat-up cars festooned with bumper stickers that say “give me.” They cannot purchase a new vehicle because they always feel cheated! They only “deal” that would suit them is if you, as a seller of a new vehicle, gave it to them.

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3 Responses to If you listen to Bernie…

  1. Dick Toomey says:

    The primary corruption in America lies within the walls of Congress. Presidents share blame as well but Congress is the target of business looking for favors and “welfare.” The reforms needed are to enjoin the relationship between Congress and Business; and to cleanse the regulatory powers of the various Fed agencies — by, in some cases, abolishing those agencies. But how do you prevent Congressman and Big business from socializing? “Birds of a feather . . . ” How do you prevent corrupt practice? I know of only one way. Severe criminal penalty — so severe, that the risk is far too great. Ironically, Obama was elected because dumb people thought he was going to do something about this very issue — and he’s the poster boy of corrupt practice. America’s Ruling Class is apoplectic over the prospect of an outsider at the helm — because the system we have now is the system they want and it has nothing to do with ideological principles — elected officials want money and power — in that order, and will do anything to get and keep it.

  2. Roy Filly says:

    Amen, Brother Toomey!

  3. judiosstudio says:

    From a 21 year old in Australia, who really “gets it! This was sent to me from a friend and it is supposedly written by a 21 year old.
    What a lot our politicians could learn from following her ideals.
    This would be good in any country and I am one who see the need that something drastic needs to be done within the welfare system.

    Written by a 21 year old female…..Make her PM
    “The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living”
    This was written by a 21 yr old female who gets it. It’s her future she’s worried about and this is how she feels about the social welfare system that she’s being forced to live in! These solutions are just common sense in her opinion.
    Put me in charge . . ..
    Put me in charge of Centrelink payments. I’d get rid of cash payments and provide vouchers for 50kg bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese, basic sanitary items and all the powdered milk you can use.
    If you want steak, burgers, takeaway and junk food, then get a job.
    Put me in charge of Medicare. The first thing I’d do is to get women to have birth control implants.
    Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine. If you want to reproduce, use drugs, drink alcohol or smoke, then get a job.
    Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in military barracks?
    You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair.
    Your “home” will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried.
    If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.
    Put me in charge of compulsory job search. You will either search for employment each week no matter what the job or you will report for community work.
    This may be clearing the roadways and open spaces of rubbish, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you.
    We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your dooff dooff stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good..”
    Before you write that I’ve violated someone’s rights, realise that all of the above is voluntary.
    If you want our hard earned cash and housing assistance, accept our rules..
    Before you say that this would be “demeaning” and ruin someones “self esteem,” consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem.
    If we are expected to pay for other people’s mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards those for continuing to make bad choices.
    AND While you are on Centrelink income you no longer have the right to VOTE!
    For you to vote would be a conflict of interest….. If you want to vote, then get a job.

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