First you lend a helping hand for a worthy cause, castigating stingy critics who claim this is the first step of a takeover. Then you ramp up the flow of subsidies creating a new dependent class. Once the dollars get big you have to enact regulations to make sure taxpayer money is spent wisely. This, of course, never happens as you begin outspending even the wildest forecasts. Hoping to control costs you introduce a public option, demonizing profiteers. Soon you are wallowing in waste and fraud, allowing you to position yourself as a reformer. Predictably, the reform is eliminating private competition altogether.
This is the time honored way to slowly overcome the distrust most citizens have when the government tries to take over large swaths of the economy.
Why do you think they call it Progressivism?
Monday, April 5, 2010
Frezza: Why Do You Think They Call it Progressivism?
I enjoyed this post by Bill Frezza.