“Throw the bums out!” That is often the hue and cry of the electorate. But can we actually “throw the bums out.” Our control as citizens is remarkably limited.
[Source: Dangers of Government Control, by Walter E. Williams]
There are 325,000,000 Americans. There are approximately 235,250,000 citizens of voting age in the United States. Voter turnout in national elections fluctuates. In recent elections, about 60% of the voting eligible population votes during presidential election years, and a mere 40% vote during midterm election years. Ergo, you can see why the Democreeps are all het up over enraging their “base” – it’s a midterm election year and turnout is everything.
The electorate has some degree of control over our 535 elected representatives in Congress, the president and the vice president. Potentially we could “throw those bums out.” However, while voters often “hate Congress,” they overwhelmingly reelect their incumbent Congressman or Senator. Currently 11 percent of people in the United States approve of Congress – only 2 percentage points higher than the all-time low of 9 percent in November 2013 following the last government shutdown. Nonetheless, even if the maximum number of seats change hands in the upcoming November election, only 50 seats (less than 10%) are considered remotely competitive.
However, there are myriad people in Washington that have a vast amount of control over your life but you and I have NO CONTROL OVER THEM. We cannot “throw these bums out.”
Let’s start with the Federal Reserve. To be honest, I’m not sure why we have a “central bank.” Our “central bank” is comprised of seven unelected people who have essentially life-and-death control over our economy and hence your life and my life. They serve 14-year staggered terms. Yet many economists of today believe (and I believe, also) that their inept monetary policy in the 1920s threw our economy into the Great Depression, during which real output in the United States fell nearly 30 percent and the unemployment rate soared as high as 25 percent.
In a 2015 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing it was noted that “The Federal Register indicates there are over 430 departments, agencies, and sub-agencies in the federal government.” There are more than 2 million federal civilian workers employed in these different agencies. Many of these individuals can write regulations that have the force of law – THEY CAN PUT YOU IN JAIL! These are bums you cannot “vote out” and over whom you have zero control.
Don’t believe it. Then ask Abner Schoenwetter.