We are all taught, at a young age, that avoiding a problem does not bring the problem to solvency. In most cases, unresolved problems do not go away or correct themselves. Instead, they fester and increase; causing different types of anxieties, apprehensions, and dependencies to the people they effect. When a problem is brought to everyone’s attention and is discussed among those it effects; only then, does the problem stand a chance of being resolved.
The media are painting a landscape of morbid pictures that include the collapse of the American economy and open rebellion against the government. And who can blame them after watching students in the United Kingdom riot over the failing government tuition policies that have not delivered on their promises. Who can blame them after watching the collapse of the Greek economy and the violence that ensued as it’s government failed to secure it’s economy. Portugal is predicted to be the next economy to collapse, with Spain following shortly afterward.
The sad irony of this situation is that, in every case, it has been caused by over-governance and social programs that have reached their income thresholds. However, let us set aside politics for a minute and look at the problem we face with common sense.
Most people will agree that it’s in our human nature to have personal desires, and that the desire to your own personal property is among the strongest. Personal property does not stop with land or house ownership; but extends to everything you have been given and labored for, as well as everything you have collected that you consider “yours”. Similarly, it is human nature to desire more than you already have. Whether it be money, land, a house, car, etc.., the desire of personal property is a “self-motivating” factor for all human beings.
Knowing that this is “self-motivating” is important, because without self-motivation, human nature shows that “external motivation” is needed. The more an unmotivated person is “externally motivated”, the more the “external force” is seen as “tyrannical”, and the more “tyrannical” the “external force” becomes, the chances of “rebellion” against that “external force” increase. Armed with nothing but this bit of common sense, you can determine that, redistribution of personal wealth through taxation is not only ineffective as a “self-motivator”, but can, and will, become tyrannical in the shape of an “external force” that takes the personal property of one individual and gives it to another.
Now, back to politics, and some possible solutions to the problem with the economy in the United States.
- Avoidance – We can pretend that the national debt does not exist and continue to spend money we do not have.
- Wealth redistribution – We can take money from the wealthiest Americans to continue spending on government programs and refer to #1 in regards to monetary responsibility.
- Taxation – We can allow higher taxation to occur across the spectrum to continue spending on government programs and refer to #1 in regards to monetary responsibility.
- Inflation – We can continue to print un-backed currency notes to continue spending on government programs and refer the #1 in regards to monetary responsibility.
- STOP – We can stop, and think about human nature and what made America achieve, in the span of 200 years, what no other country on Earth has achieved in over 5,000 years. Freedom from excessive taxation and the right to own personal property.
While capitalism is not perfect, it is a “self-motivating” type of economic system that, generally, rewards those who work, with the right to do as they wish with the “personal property” they earned though the toils of their labors. Ask yourself, who can, legally, take a person’s money and possessions? Who can, legally, redistribute personal property obtained from the self-motivated to the demotivated? Then who, will ultimately become tyrannical in the eyes of the people, as the self-motivated become demotivated and “external force” is needed to motivate people to keep the economy from collapsing? The United States government.
To seriously impact economic growth and deal with the national debt, all levels of government must STOP, and reverse the spending cycle. If taxes collected by the government of the United States continue to be diverted to social programs, endless wars, and unscrupulous black operations, the problem of the national debt will continue to balloon. This does not mean that Congress should “cease and desist all federal programs immediately”; rather, offer self-motivating alternatives that offer private job creation throughout the economy. Restore confidence that the government is doing it’s Constitutional job by protecting the personal property rights of it’s constituency. Remove the capital gains tax for businesses located within the country, sit back, and watch employment and income tax revenues skyrocket.