Limited-government conservatives recognize that people make good incomes FROM the very regulations and taxes government imposes on free citizens.
Our federal tax code and federal register of regulations are vast, cumbersome, and sometimes contradictory. Businesses spend hundreds of hours, of what could be time inventing and producing products, finding or servicing customers, and hiring and training new employees. Businesses spend money, which could otherwise be used for reserach and development, marketing, or training, to hire attorneys and accountants, to comply with the heavy hand of government.
I talk about how the Clinton Adminsitration provided mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio that opportunity, over of SDROSTRA:
Government quite literally “creates” jobs, non-productive jobs but jobs nonetheless, when it arrogates power reserved for free citizens. Government provides opportunities for entrepreneurs, to make money, by being the solution to those government impositions on free citizens.
We see this in military contracts and municipal bond issues. Consultants make fortunes by securing miltary contracts for private companies or for securing bond issues for investment banks. If the consulting firm is majority-owned by women and/or minorities, the fortune can be even larger.
Prior to casting the stone at any of the mayoral candidates (all of whom benefited from our growing government), consider how pervasive the government's reach is into your line of work. Personally, my industry, mortgage banking, has been nursing at the federal teat for decades.
Imagine how productive we could be, if we simply did four things:
- cut occupational licenses in half
- cut the federal register in half
- cut the corporate income tax to zero
- eliminated the federal jobs associated wit that extra taxation and regulation
We'd be so busy making money, opening businesses, and hiring people, that we probably wouldn't worry that we STILL hadn't cut the size and scope of government enough. It would be a heckuva start though.