5 Reasons Government Will Never Work the Way Socialists Believe It Will
Just as a man with a sledgehammer sees every problem as a wall to be smashed down, a socialist sees every problem in society as just another issue to pound with a big government program. Ironically, that includes problems CREATED by the government.
For example, have you noticed that the left-wing “fix” for the cataclysmic damage Obamacare has done to America’s health care is getting government even more involved with “Medicare for all"? According to liberals, Medicare for all will provide better care than the current system at a cheaper price. Of course, that’s exactly what they said about Obamacare and it wasn’t true.
This is the problem socialists run into incessantly. What they promise is NEVER what they deliver. Why? A lot of it has to do with the fact that they either are fundamentally incapable of understanding the limitations of what can be done with government or, alternately, they are so hungry for power and self-aggrandizement that they simply don’t care if what they suggest works or not.
However, the reality that has been proven over and over again is that government is an unwieldy, costly, inefficient, and difficult tool to use under the best of circumstances. Under the worst of circumstances, an over-reliance on government is capable of destroying a society. This is not something that gets taught in our schools like it should, so let’s break it down. Why will government never work the way socialists believe it should?
1. Unintended consequences abound
"There are no solutions. There are only trade-offs." -- Thomas Sowell
Government action is often portrayed as the “solution” to some problem or another. However, there is ALWAYS a cost and at times, it can be very steep. At best, we’re adding to the size of the national debt that our children will owe. At worst, the government may create a whole new set of unexpected problems. Rent control in big cities led to exploding housing costs and shortages. Government rules designed to encourage banks to give high-risk mortgages to help poorer Americans get homes were the underlying cause of the housing crisis that sunk the economy. Increases in the minimum wage have caused some small businesses to shut down, fire workers and pursue automation, all of which cause the low-income Americans targeted by the policy to lose jobs. No matter how sweet the promises, there is never a free lunch.
2. Paradoxically, the more powerful government gets, the more susceptible it becomes to outside influences
"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators." – P.J. O’Rourke
In every society, there are powerful people outside of government: large corporations, politically connected families, deep-pocketed billionaires, and representatives of influential groups of blocs of voters. When government is small and has limited power, there are few ways these people and groups can use it to further their own interests. However, the larger government gets and the more it inserts itself into every nook and cranny of a nation, the more opportunities these interests have to use it for their own ends. Next thing you know, campaign contributions are changing hands, fat government contracts are getting handed out, and new regulations are being put in place. If you can’t win in the marketplace, why not use government to get you ahead of your competition?