Imagine that when you go into work tomorrow your boss offers you the opportunity to continue doing your job but in only half the time and for half the pay.
"I've been listening to these tea-party guys and it makes perfect sense!" he says.
"The problem is, you've been sucking on the teat of the company cow for far too long. Your lack of efficiency is the result of being paid too much with no competition. You Mr. Greentheo have gotten accustomed to being a tyrant in your own corner of our company and today it stops!"
Would being paid less inspire you to work more efficiently?
Why should we expect that the government could keep providing the same services, the same benefits if we stopped funding it?
No, the sad truth is that the same theories that produced one of the scariest global financial crisises in history are now telling us that doing away with government and allowing the free market to rule instead will lead to greater general prosperity.
Is it not worrisome that the prevailing wisdom of our sage philosophers is that all you need to know you learned in Kindergarten and that big business and the free market economy has our best interests in mind?
You can do more with less for a time, and certainly we are all called upon to do so at various points in our lives.
But for the long term, growth comes when you do more with more. America needs to invest in the things that will produce general prosperity, particularly health, education, infrastructure and science. To do so we need properly funded government run by smart and hard working people who are paid well for their time.
If we need further proof we have only to look at the free market itself... could you produce above and beyond what you currently do if you and your coworkers budget were cut in half? How much more could you produce if your budget were doubled?
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