I would like to say a few words about the relationship between government and accountability, or rather that there isn’t one. The current three scandals in Washington illustrate this point pretty well. Specifically the security negligence, death, and cover up of Benghazi, the IRS’s targeted harassment of conservative groups seeking nonprofit status, and the Department of Justice spying on AP journalists. To begin I would like to quote economist Thomas Sowell.
“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”
This quote incorporates two main points that I would like to make about government and accountability. First, we as a society have abandoned our responsibility to improve our communities by telling our government to do the work for us. Secondly, that it is impossible for the government to look out for our best interests because, in the long run, it is not held accountable for its actions.
If you want something done right, do it yourself. People in government are no better and no worse than people in the economy. Well, on the whole they end up being worse, but I’ll talk about why that is a little later. We need to take care of the poor and the old and the disabled. If we are going to call ourselves a civil and moral society, then we need to look out for those in genuine need. When a statist says that they are 100% right.
The problem is what they really mean is that they want other people to do it for them. That is the ultimate cop-out. This goes for pretty much everything that the government does. If these services are so necessary, then in the absence of a government program people would voluntarily step up to give time, money, and effort to provide them. The best part is that it would all be voluntary. Instead, we are stuck with a system that promotes the use of force against our fellow Americans. Try not paying your taxes and you’ll get to see that force up close and personal. You can not achieve a moral society by pointing guns at people. The ends do not justify the means.
Secondly, there’s no way for any organization to achieve any measure of success if it is not accountable to society in any meaningful way. No, the ballot box is not an effective control or punishment for bad government. Elections don’t count because they are largely about who has more money. Also, pretty much all government departments and offices are inhabited by people who are not elected and are nearly impossible to fire. The whole system is insulated from accountability and it’s made worse because many people don’t even know it.
The result is a system that has a great amount of power and little to no accountability for its actions. For instance, I predict that no one will be held criminally liable for the Benghazi, IRS, or DOJ scandals and that will only reinforce the government’s feeling of invulnerability. In addition, the power structures that allowed for all of this will remain very much in tact.
The $16 trillion national debt and $123 trillion in unfunded liabilities is perhaps the most obvious example of a lack of accountability. The state has literally sold future generations into an unpayable debt they had no hand in creating in order to bribe people in the present.
Lets face the fact that government is a monopoly and monopolies can do whatever they want. When you accept this simple idea, it will change everything.
US National Debt: http://www.usdebtclock.org
Freedomain Radio Video: http://youtu.be/pOlVnpm7PZs
Hillary Clinton: “What difference does it make?”: http://youtu.be/3Q7p3b3KLUI