John Stossel: The Battle for the Future

“The government does not create wealth. It uses wealth that’s been created by the private sector.”

So saith Arthur Brooks, head of the American Enterprise Institute. John Stossel’s column has such wisdom in it.

“We have to make sure that the most vulnerable people are always protected,” Hill says. Everyone benefits when we pay a little bit more to create universal health care. Everyone benefits when we pay a little more to have better public education systems.”

Progressives use the word “we” too often. When I argued the that “we” and “government” are not the same, he said, “We always talk about the government like it’s this monster in the hills that comes down and hands things out and takes our tax money.”

Well, yes.

Those are “libertarian fairytales,” Hill says. “In real life, the government is us.”

Government is not “us.” Well, it’s us in the sense that we pay the bills. But it ain’t us. It’s them, the policy elite and their patrons.

What percent of the economy does Hill think government should be?

“For me, housing, health care and education, in addition to national defense, are things that the government must provide for people. So if that means 20 percent, I’m OK with it. If it means 30 percent, I’m OK with it. I don’t think it’ll ever get that big.”

Give me a break. It’s already at 40 percent!

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