Monday, November 02, 2009

Subsidies, Markets and Why You (We) Suck

I was listening to Steve Deace last week and I was inspired to write this particular blog piece. The subject is subsidies. 

While many ersatz marxists and other democrat wannabes may think that government subsidies are an investment, the truth is that they are a reward to ideas and actions that don't warrant it. 

Think about it. Giving a farmer, eco-weenie green technologist, or academic indoctrinist money to either do nothing (CRP in the case of farmers) or do something ("investing" in "green" technology) is nothing more than creating a market where none should exist or does not because no one wants it. In the case of the farmer, the market is, well, lets call it anti-fecundity. Some call it welfare. In the case of other things,  you could say windmills, electric cars, or university research into the breeding habits of the albino transgendered West Samoan hummingbird are markets that wouldn't exist as they aren't needed, wanted or even necessary. 

The bottom line is that people are being supported because they suck. That's right, they suck. If they couldn't make it in the free market where necessity is the mother of all things, then why? The left supports all sorts of welfare and subsidies for things that either should never exist or should have gone away long ago. They love to support people and causes that some would say have been excluded from the game for reasons beyond their control (yet examples exist to contradict this), because they feel sorry for them or in an effort to balance the system in an effort to create an equilibrium based on some twisted feel good idea of justice. 

The universe doesn't understand justice in the context of what we think is justice. Anyone with a dilettante's knowledge of the universe and astronomy knows that there is a certain amount of chaos that pushes things forward, and in general, the left tries to enforce control in an effort to create a system they believe is fair, but only to introduce entropy which removes chaos, removes progress and ultimately creates a system that dies and goes away.

When we do things that are unsuccessful, when we are taken out of the gene pool because of darwin's blessing, when we fail, when we succumb to magical thinking, it's nature's way of saying we suck. All of us have sucked at one time or another, and hopefully it's nothing serious, a learning experience, the government didn't support it and we move on, move forward. What makes no sense is for the government to support activities where no market exists, where no hope of fecundity exist, where by all rights these recipients of largesse should go away. We see this support of suckedness all around us. Banks, insurance companies, car manufacturers, Freddie Mac, politicians, civil servants...and it all is supported by Team Fabian Society that currently resides in La Casa Blanca. 

Ultimately, the universe has its own equilibrium that is unavoidable and such that it is out of anyone's control. Like being on the event horizon of a black hole, we cannot escape it. 

Until the next post, thank you for reading this blog. 


Left Coast Rebel said...

Great points, one of the things that stinks to high heaven to me was GOP support of 'farm subsidies' to the tune of billions annually. Talk about a racket.

The Right Guy said...

Farm subsidies are a sore topic out here. You can have perfectly good conservatives that will hold out their hand for the government dole. Why should anyone be paid for not being productive at worst, or be paid to do what they would do anyway at best? If a business can't make it without a subsidy, not matter what it is, let someone else have at it.

My position on this would make me unelectable for dog catcher here. Oh well. Luckily I am not a politician.

Teresa said...

Subsidies do suck. Subsidies provide assistance to people who can't hack it in the "real" world, or private sector. Subsidies that are being paid for such nonsense as the "green movement", are hindering the progress of developing countries. These countries can't find people to buy their goods because of subsidies.

The Right Guy said...

And the big news of the day is that Ford had a profit for the first time in 4 years and didn't take government money, IE our money, while Chrysler and GM still suck.

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