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Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was the greatest economist of my time. His greatest works can be accessed here at no charge.

Mises believed that property, freedom and peace are and should be the hallmarks of a satisfying and prosperous society. I agree. Mises proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the prospect for general and individual prosperity is maximized, indeed, is only possible, if the principle of private property reigns supreme. What's yours is yours. What's mine is mine. When the line between yours and mine is smudged, the door to conflict opens. Without freedom (individual liberty of action) the principle of private property is neutered and the free market, which is the child of property and freedom and the mother of prosperity and satisfaction, cannot exist. Peace is the goal of a prosperous and satisfying society of free individuals, not peace which is purchased by submission to the enemies of property and freedom, but peace which results from the unyielding defense of these principles against all who challenge them.

In this blog I measure American society against the metrics of property, freedom and peace.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Obama's Shovel-ready Construction Tripe

The latest from the White House is Obama's shameless push to put Americans to work building roads and bridges.

Who does this guy think he is, an Egyptian Pharoah? FDR?

Half the workforce is female and most of it is white collar. Does Obama really believe a laid off secretary or office manager is going to cut it on a road crew?

Besides, I was thinking. Isn't there such a thing as the Highway Trust Fund? Haven't we been spending billions of dollars in gas tax money for the last 50 years re-building our roads and bridges? Why are they, allegedly, still such a mess?

Maybe because Congress has been spending the Trust Fund on something other than road and bridge repairs. Maybe like moving sidewalks, light rail, bike paths and trollies. Or maybe politicians have been busy earmarking monies from the Trust Fund for vanity projects like roads, bridges and runways to nowhere, instead of directing the funds where they are really needed.

Whatever. It only goes to prove that the federal government exists only for those who are in it. We don't need it. We don't want it. Turn Washington into a Ghost Town as quickly as possible. We'll manage nicely on our own, thank you.


Anonymous said...

Didn't we try the shovel ready job scam once, it didn't work that time either. Obama is spending 1/2 a trillion dollars to reward unions for supporting his failed presidency. How many jobs will building roads create. Teacher unemployment is 5%, way below the Obama created unemployment rate, so how is going to be hired back.

If he wants to create jobs he needs to eliminate some of the regulations that stifle job growth. The problem that exists is, Obama does not give a damn about creating jobs, he gives a damn about having an issue to point the finger at the GOP for not taking action.

Sherman Broder said...

Excellent points.

This administration is all about taking care of its political friends.