Crowding Out Good Government

“The White House believe’s NASA’s current projects are too expensive…”, So the Obama administration “wants to kill” the traditional rocket and spacecraft program. (From front-page article in today’s WSJ).

Yep, it’s happening. The good things the government does are getting crowded out by wealth redistribution. They include space exploration, law enforcement, road and bridges, national parks, environmental protection, education, defense, and foreign affairs. A wealthy country like ours normally could easily afford all of those traditional government functions. But things are abnormal.

A whopping two-thirds our tax money is simply redistributed to other people, rather than spent on those government functions. With health care deform and the ever-expanding entitlement programs, probably three-quarters of our tax money will go toward redistribution within a decade or two, leaving even less for regular government functions.

While the White House believes the measly $20 billion or so a year that we spend on NASA is “too expensive”, it doesn’t believe that the two-trillion or so a year that we spend on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, soon-to-be Obamacare, and an assortment of other redistribution programs is too expensive. That’s because this president and his minions believe the main function of government should be to transfer wealth, rather than the normal functions (i.e. providing services that the private sector can’t provide).

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