Obama Will Soon Offer Plans to Create Jobs. Conservatives Must Help.
Here are some bipartisan ideas for changes in attitudes.
Reduce the regulatory madness
The federal bureaucracy would make a medicinal leech of olden days jealous. They did what they did and all they got in return was the blood of their patients. The new leeches get more than blood; not only well paid, they get to revel in the ideological good they are doing for the betterment of the fools who don't know what's good for them. Don't want to join a union? How do you know what's best for you? Insist on causing the ravages of global warming? Stop! Our servants, who are anointed by Gaia to save the entire world, know what's best and will never let a crisis go to waste. No matter that regulation piled upon regulation has always dulled the economy in the past, no matter that just seventeen percent of the respondents to an August 7, 2010, Rasmussen poll thought that the federal government had the consent of the governed, this time it might work! The political class, fifty-five percent of which consider that the government has such consent, are clearly right. Such cynics as those at PowerLine just don't have the enlightenment to understand:
There are, of course, many things the federal government could do that would help the economy, like lightening the regulatory burden and cutting spending. But to acknowledge that would be a repudiation of liberalism, so the administration comes up with a laughable “Department of Jobs” proposal instead. Mostly, at this point, the administration is just hoping for the best.
For shame, Sirs, for shame oh ye of little faith! Besides, it probably won't be called a "Department of Jobs." Still, we should temper government regulation and let our poor overworked bureaucrats have more well deserved rest; preferably lots of it. Maybe more
vacations conferences, but in some of the many depressed inner cities with which the country is so extraordinarily blessed. CongressCritters and staff? Why not. They deserve the same.
Pay federal bureaucrats wages no higher than does private business.
It is said that many federal
workers bureaucrats are overpaid. It is a shame that this inaccurate (take an opinion poll inside the Washington beltway) perception has become widespread but it has. Hence, for purely cosmetic reasons, that perception must be changed to restore faith in government. Even the hardworking people at the White House may be able to struggle along on a bit less. It will be dreadful if this results in fewer bureaucrats, but that's a cross we must willingly bear.
Diminish the power of unions to harm the economy.
All good ObamaManiancs know that unions are good, as demonstrated by their traditional support of the party that gave us the gift [see German meaning of "gift" at the link] of President Obama -- a gift that keeps on giving. Still, we should backslide occasionally from excessive piety and curb the NLRB, have fair union representation elections, and remove government "service" unions from at least one of their dual negotiating positions at both the labor and employer sides of the bargaining table.
Reduce tax incentives to outsource to foreign counties.
We must carry our burdens with courage and dedication to basic principles; looking out for the welfare of those who are surpassing us is such a burden. However, occasionally even selfishness has a place and it has one here. Hence, wicked big corporations (which, after all, are only human) must be encouraged to produce stuff in the United States for sale here and also abroad. Disincentives for manufacturing stuff abroad would help.
There is one minor exception to this proposal, and it is an important one even though it does not involve manufacturing. The United States has inadequate and costly health care due (as any fool can easily see) to the greed of those in the medical profession and of the malicious insurance companies. Hence, the provision of free medical care must be outsourced to Cuba. The medical care there is good enough for el Presidente Chávez of Venezuela and should, therefore, be good enough for common United States citizens and also for their betters. President Obama should travel to Cuba for his next medical procedure; he could combine that with a pleasant vacation there and Michael Moore could show him the sights.
These novel ideas are all workable and truly bipartisan; they should appeal to libruls and conservatives alike. They are just a start and many more can be proposed. All should be included in President Obama's BS for our brave new and delightfully green world of abundance for all.