Any fool would recognize that the government is just people, right? Not
socialists liberals progressives, who have gaslighted themselves into believing that the government consistently operates on the highest principles of public good.
Throughout America’s adventure in free government, such basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among peoples and among nations.
To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people.
Ike knew that government is an extremely inefficient convective fabric with which to entrust our citizens’ liberty, hopes and dreams.
The Social Security Administration’s inspector general found that the agency overpaid nearly half its disability benefit recipients over a 10-year period, to the tune of $17 billion.
SSA recovered about $8.1 billion of it, leaving taxpayers $8.9 billion out of pocket (plus collection expenses, of course).
Auditors found that 45 percent of the beneficiaries were overpaid at some point during the decade by $2.9 million. Based on that result, the inspector general estimated Social Security overpaid $16.8 million from 2003 to 2014.
The report comes just a year before the Social Security Disability Trust Fund is projected to be exhausted, and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are divided over how to handle the shortfall. If Congress fails to act, beneficiaries would receive a nearly 20 percent cut in benefits.
Yet we continue to shovel cash by the metric ton into the black hole of government, where it disappears beyond the event horizon into the singularity of fraud, waste and abuse.
Ike foresaw the problem in letting government solve every problem, fix every inequality, and develop grand solutions to our most vexing issues (like climate change, for instance).
Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in the newer elements of our defenses; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research – these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel.
But each proposal must be weighed in light of a broader consideration; the need to maintain balance in and among national programs – balance between the private and the public economy, balance between the cost and hoped for advantages – balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable; balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual; balance between the actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress; lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration.
The FBI has reverted back to the days of J. Edgar Hoover and the House Committee on Un-American Activities (a singularly Democrat-controlled body)—the bad old days progressives like to trot out to pillory Republicans, uttering the name Joe McCarthy like a magic spell (“dispel conservatism, and roll two ten sided dice for saving throw”).
Two letters, one from the House and one from the Senate, were sent to FBI Director James Comey regarding the FBI’s use of drones to capture video, signal intelligence, and cellphone metadata (using technology that would be illegal for you and me).
All of this was set up using phony front companies in a massive national sting, uncovered by two Associated Press reporters.
The pressure came hours after an Associated Press report Tuesday morning detailed more than 100 flights by the FBI in the past few weeks in 11 states across the country, with the planes tied to fake companies.
The AP reported that the planes captured scenes below, as well as information from cellphone towers, which officials said happens only rarely. The surveillance flights were first revealed by a citizen journalist.
The FBI said in a statement Thursday it routinely uses the airplanes to support local law enforcement.
“It should come as no surprise that the FBI uses planes to follow terrorists, spies, and serious criminals,” FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano said. “We have an obligation to follow those people who want to hurt our country and its citizens, and we will continue to do so.”
Of course, we can trust the government, because there’s no way they would abuse such power, right?
Finally, Eisenhower foresaw the government takeover of university research and the stunting of private enterprise.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present – and is gravely to be regarded.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.
There’s no more stunning and egregious example of this than the sham of climate change “science” (using scare-quotes because nothing in real science can describe how this scam works, a more proper word would be “grift”). The federal government shamelessly doles out money in support of the “science” it likes and attacks individuals who offer inconvenient truths.
Despite claims that they are watchdogs of the establishment, media outlets such as the Times have ignored the government’s oversized role in directing research. And they have ignored millions in contributions from left-wing foundations — contributions that, like government grants, seek to tip the scales to one side of the debate.
Last summer, a minority staff report from the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works gave details on a “Billionaire’s Club” — a shadowy network of charitable foundations that distribute billions to advance climate alarmism. Shadowy nonprofits such as the Energy Foundation and Tides Foundation distributed billions to far-left green groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, which in turn send staff to the EPA who then direct federal grants back to the same green groups. It is incestuous. It is opaque. Major media ignored the report.
Media outlets have also discriminated in their reporting on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The Times trumpeted Greenpeace FOIA requests revealing Soon’s benefactors, yet it has ignored the government’s refusal of FOIA filings requesting transparency in pro-warming scientists’ funding.
Incestuous. Opaque. Discriminatory. Hardly words describing the beneficent and wise federal government touted by progressives.
How Democrats can continue to call for ever-larger programs and federal control of large swaths of our society defies logic and denies historical precedent.
Liberals have successfully gaslighted themselves into believing that those well-dressed men and women knocking at their door and saying “I’m from the government. I’m here to help” actually mean it.
(crossposted from RedState.com)