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Glen Beck's Tears

The loony right are looking at the Government as if it is the enemy. They appear to have totally forgotten that our Government is elected by the people, of the people. As Glen Beck tells us with a tear in his eye, "I love my country," does he not realize that the basis of our "country" is its political system? That is what constitutes a "Country".

The loony right hail the military every chance they get. The military is a Government institution. Its leader is the President of the USA. When they talk of "freedom" they are talking about the political system that gives it to us. That system is the Government. The Government runs some things well and some things badly. Just like in the market economy, as we have just seen very clearly. What is never mentioned, is that the things that are run badly are always the ones that are underfunded, undermanned, and full of low paying jobs. Not one person in the Government makes a salary as high as Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity. Few major Corporate executives would accept the salary of the President, or certainly not any member of Congress. "If you pay peanuts you get monkeys". "You get what you pay for". These are givens in the free market, why are they not considered in the Government?

Not everyone is driven by money but it certainly is a disincentive when Government pay is far below what the market pays. The Republicans are all about cutting taxes which means fewer teachers, boarder guards, policemen, fireman, mail service, customs inspections, all sorts of necessary stuff. It also means low salaries and correspondingly little incentive. And then they complain that there are long lines at the DMV! Show up at the airport and there are long lines to get your passport stamped. Why? Not because the officers are lazy and inefficient, but because there are not enough of them. Cutbacks, don't you know, so you can pay less taxes. The Republicans, once the party of pragmatism, are now the party of negativism, and theirs is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Undercut Government at every turn and of course it will fail to deliver.

We should all be for better Government. That also means we should be prepared to pay for it. You can't have one without the other in the free market, why should we think we could have it in Government?

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