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23rd February
2009
written by Sean Noble

Representative Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) penned a “My Turn” for the Arizona Republic justifying her vote for the stimulus bill.  As I read it, I couldn’t help but think that her mentality about the role of government is one which must not be allowed to permeate younger generations or we will be destined to a permanent welfare state and a complete entitlement mentality.

She writes: 

The hard-working men and women I represent want action – they want their federal government to do what is necessary to create jobs, help small businesses and lay the groundwork for long-term prosperity.

Any right-thinking (not philosophically right, but correct) individual doesn’t want the federal government to “create jobs and help small business.”  It’s not the role of government to “create jobs” – that’s the role of free enterprise.  The best help the government could give small business is to get out of the way.

Yes, some of you are saying to yourselves, “Noble is just a throwback to the right-wing nuts who hate government.”  You’re entitled to your opinion, but just because people mock those of us who care about the proper role of government, doesn’t make government intervention any less destructive.

When it cost a restaurant owner a $90,000 fee just to get plans approved by a city, after spending a small fortune on designing it to comply with a multitude of federal regulations, it creates less and less incentive for businesses to expand, create more jobs, inject more capital into the economy and make our communities better places to live.

We can’t have economic growth unless we have businesses that produce something.  Government doesn’t produce anything that helps the economy. In fact, it largely produces things (laws and regulations) that hurt our economy.

Giffords goes on to write:

Standing by and doing nothing is not an option as retirement accounts dwindle, families lose health care and venerable American companies file for bankruptcy protection… This is not a time for partisan politics or sitting on the sidelines.

This is a cheap shot at Republicans who opposed the Democrat package.  No Republican in the House or the Senate argued that we should do nothing.  In fact, the only bi-partisan vote on a stimulus bill in the House was one submitted by Republicans that relied on tax reductions to help spur business investment.  That garnered some Democrat support.  Giffords tries to paint Republicans as do-nothing obstructionists who acted completely partisan, when it was the Democrats who refused to let Republicans in the room when the stimulus package was being negotiated.

Giffords may be using the typical Democrat talking points to justify her vote, but come 2010 she’s going to have to have answers to why this stimulus bill hasn’t worked.

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  2. Andy
    23/02/2009

    Yea, I wonder about Mitchell as well. He voted for the porkulus bill as well. I hope that vote comes back to haunt him.

    I would be surprised to see the DNC continue to throw as much money at his seat to keep trying to protect it.

  3. 23/02/2009

    I’ll add my two bits that we have a very tough uphill battle to crop back the welfare state until the state of Arizona can divest itself of one, two of three government run colleges (ASU/NAU/UofA).

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