An article entitled “It’s not government spending, it’s stupid government spending,” totally misses the mark. ALL government spending is dangerous, undesirable, and wasteful – indeed, stupid. There MAY be an argument that some government spending is still necessary – some small, very small, amount of dollars that produces something useful and reasonably priced. Even then, the question must be asked: could voluntary free enterprise produce that “something” more efficiently, more economically, without coercion or fraud? And secondly, is that “something” so critical, so useful, so beneficial that it justifies theft in order to pay for it? A starving person may resort to theft and obtain mercy for their theft, their violation of another person’s property: whether it is money, bread itself, or even a vehicle or tool to obtain such. But they are still lawbreakers, still sinners, still aggressors against others.
Once upon a time I believed that there were a few things – very few, admittedly – that government could do, either because there was no alternative, or because it was cheaper, better, faster, more properly. It took much of a military career to realize that I was wrong. There is NOTHING that government does that cannot be done better, cheaper, faster, more properly, and resulting in more opportunity to promote and maximize life, liberty, and property (the pursuit of happiness), by private enterprise: not necessarily for-profit enterprises, but private: without the monopoly, power and liabilities of government.
The problem is that ALL government spending is stupid, and that too many people think that while it is wrong for individuals to rob someone else of their money, it is okay for government to do so, just because they are “government.” This state of mind (or mindlessness) has got to end: although governments may have (or so they claim) the power to scour life from the earth, it is their power to make life miserable for those on earth that demands their abolition.