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What is the Job of a Politician?

 

Somewhere along the way, we citizens got stupid and decided to peg the well-being of our economy on politicians.

I get why that happened. Increasing taxation negatively impacts the economy, as history clearly shows, and decreasing taxation positively impacts the economy, as history clearly shows. Politicians control taxation, so we affixed responsibility for that on them.

But that has transformed into politicians now believing that they have a mandate to "fix" an economy, and in Obama's and Pelosi's case, they believe that they have a mandate to substantially alter the direction of an economy.

This country was never founded on the premise that any politician was responsible for economic health. In a limited government, the people are responsible for the economy. It's up to the citizens to create jobs, not the government. It's up to the citizens to ensure that they eat, not the government. It's up to the citizens to obtain a home, not the government.

Lawyers are not entrepreneurs. They go to school, go deep into debt, and then set up shop to provide an expensive service. It's not hard to be successful as a lawyer if you make it through school. I'm not belittling the work involved in passing the bar - it's damn hard. But that path is far different than the typical entrepreneur.

Most politicians are lawyers. They don't know what's required to start and maintain a business. Since businesses create jobs, most politicians don't know how to create jobs. Since jobs provide the basis for our economy, most politicians don't understand the fundamentals of an economy. So tasking politicians with the health of our economy is sheer lunacy on the part of us citizens.

The more we tie the economy to our politicians, the more they'll want to control it. That's only logical, and it's the unintended consequence of holding them accountable for taxation that burdens our economy.

It is not the job of the politician to make decisions on our behalf. It is not the job of the politician to ensure our well-being.

The only job of the politician is to protect our liberty.

If the only laws they could pass were to protect our liberty, there would be no earmarks.

If the only laws they could pass were to protect our liberty, there would be no nationalization of industries.

If the only laws they could pass were to protect our liberty, there could be no confiscation of our private property.

Stop tying the economy to politicians, and start tying the protection of our liberty to politicians. To paraphrase Bill Clinton's famous theme during his 1992 campaign, "It's about the liberty, stupid."

 


by Brett Rogers, 7/25/2009 11:48:22 AM
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