The Virtual Vitamin

A Daily Dose of Insight and Common Sense

Dam Government Obstructs Economy

Subsidies, regulations, tax credits and write-offs, …  Why is it okay for the government to pick winners and losers in industry, business, finance, research, or agriculture?  To manipulate by loosening the purse strings?  Supplement entire industries in the name of the greater good?  Even with the best of intentions, it is not the role of government to be a catalyst in the marketplace.  For far too long we have let Washington redirect true economic progress and we are now on a collision course with reality.  Only the free-market can correct the route we are on.  The momentum of growth will take the path of least resistance.  We should not be surprised at the cesspool on Wall St.  We have allowed the invasion to meddle and fester.  If the economy is stagnant, it is because government is in the way.

June 17, 2011 Posted by | on Economics, on Government | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Pendulum Swings

For every natural action there is an equal and opposite reaction, an ebb and flow, a balance created to sustain the natural order.  Political influence over the markets has rapidly grown, becoming a wrecking ball that collides with the economy.  An attempt to manipulate the markets with outside forces only creates instability, chaos, and inhibits recovery.  Although carefully contrived, coercion only impedes improvement.  Regulations, stimulation, subsidies, policies, programs, bailouts, and mandates are hollow investments that will push down on the economy with the same force of their initial influence.  The weight of government burdens push and pull against the system not allowing it to self-correct.  The result:  a weaker, artificial economy, never as good as the real thing.  True revitalization has to come from within, without intervention.  The economy needs stability, predictability, and reassurance, not so-called progress getting in the way.  An authentic recovery must come from consumers, not politicians who curse gravity, denying that sometimes the best thing to do is… nothing.  If every time you hit a guy he only hits back harder, maybe you should stop hitting him.

March 23, 2011 Posted by | on Economics, on Government | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

In-N-Out vs. Sonic

The fast food philosophies couldn’t be farther apart.  It comes down to choice and whether or not you want to make one.  No one sits forever at In-N-Out unable to make a decision.  You can count the possible items on one hand.  Of course there are a few insider options for those who know the system, but their entire menu would be legible on a postage stamp.  Sonic’s menu could fill a billboard in 12 pt. font.  It has over 168,000 drink combinations, not including shakes and coffee drinks.  Breakfast is served all day and you can customize every combo, burger, coney, sandwich, wrap, salad, side order (way to many to list), or dessert.  You can run down a car battery with just the radio on well before you’ve read all the options (so there are lots of pictures).  This extraordinary country was founded on the principle of freedom.  Freedom comes from being able to make our own choices: on religion, political opinion, education, health care, and even what we eat.  Don’t get me wrong, I love In-N-Out, and would choose an In-N-Out burger over a Sonic burger every time, but I don’t always want a burger.  I’m glad I still live in a country where I have the power to make my own decisions, even if they are not always the best ones for me.  We need to encourage competition, reduce the red tape, and eliminate unconstitutional regulations that give preferences to or punish certain businesses or industries.  The consumer is smart enough to make the big (and little) decisions when given the choice.  Capitalism allows us to learn from our mistakes, rather than be restricted from making any.

January 25, 2011 Posted by | on Economics, on Government, on Life, on Society | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Re-discovering America

America is now defining its future.  The nation is reaching self-actualization and the debate continues as to who we want to be.  The crossroads have never been this strongly defined.  Is government the solution or part of the problem?  Do we believe in the sovereignty of the United States or in global governance?  Do we believe in state sovereignty or relinquishing authority to the federal level?  Do we respect and value the individual or only the collective?  Are we a nation of laws?  Is justice blind?  Are all men created equal?  Do we believe in the free market system?  Do we stop passing debt to the next generation?  Do we expect value in our currency?  Do we believe the people are better stewards than the government?  Should success be based on merit?  Do we believe in personal responsibility or expanding entitlements?  Do we believe in freedom of the press?  Freedom to worship?  Should we have citizen legislators or a ruling class of elites?  Do we follow the pioneering American spirit?  Do we continue to take the road less traveled?  — We know where the Left one leads.

November 6, 2010 Posted by | on Economics, on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Power of Stuff

Having an economy based on consumption, funded by debt, and promoted by entitlements has turned this industrialized nation into one without industry.  The trade deficit is a manufacturing deficit, a debt of production.  America no longer makes anything, an exaggeration, of course, but one of proportional truth.  Public sector jobs now surpass production.  Service jobs exponentially out number manufacturing.  (Remember: every public sector job is a service job.)   While some services are a necessity, the spoiled “serve me” attitude will cause our success to lead to our failure.  We have taken the tangible for granted, placed value on the unnecessary, and forgotten how blessed we are as a nation.  The foundation of our economy has been chipped away by labor unions, shaken by government meddling, and demonized by an ungrateful workforce.  A quick lesson for those who demand that corporations, manufacturers, and small businesses act in good faith:  If you want a friend, be one — or jobs may become our only export.

November 5, 2010 Posted by | on Economics, on Government, on Society | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Federal Steroids Stunting Job Growth

The results of temporarily strengthening the economy with artificial gains have long-term negative effects.  The unhealthy economic atmosphere created by over-regulation caps the benefits of hiring.  Health insurance, worker’s comp., stricter requirements for larger businesses, and the unknown impacts of proposed legislation all limit expansion and deter entrepreneurship.  Innovation, improvements, and new industry are caged in red tape and government assistance programs.  It requires so many private sector jobs to support a single government salary, especially when government workers make about 40% more for doing that same job.  The government should not be in the investment business.  We need good stewards, not better brokers with our tax dollars.  It’s time to get off the juice.

June 7, 2010 Posted by | on Economics, on Government, on Taxes | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Difference Between Capitalism and Capitol-ism

If the market is in recovery, it is in spite of the stimulus, manipulation, and over-regulation by the government and not because of it.  It only shows the resolve of the American people and corporations, our ability to adapt, our survival instinct, and our innate pursuit of happiness.  We will keep going, keep striving for true progress, and keep disputing the oppressive power of the government over enterprise. We need a rightful separation of commerce and state.  Oversight is now overstepping.  It has gone from market protection to market manipulation, and continues on to market control.  The excessive regulation power has become corrupt.  Almost 3.5 billion dollars were spent on federal lobbying last year, proof that influence may be bought, and that amount keeps climbing.  Legislators need to be reminded of who they work for.  Campaigns may be financed, but our votes cannot be bought.  The American people are not on the take.

June 4, 2010 Posted by | on Economics, on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Liberty Being Devoured

Any possible good intentions of socialism soon transform.  It is about power; government grows naturally if not kept at bay.  Before long the werewolf emerges.  Private sector entities are now being plucked from the herd at an alarming rate:  banks, car companies, the health care industry, and others.  If they aren’t down yet, they are bleeding out.  The free-market is slowly being devoured.  Free speech and other constitutional rights are being nibbled away at.  Many who realize what is happening are trying to shepherd us out of this mess only to be attacked.  There are so many still blindly following like sheep.  The current administration refuses to see, or is leading us down the path to destruction.  Many ask why they don’t see the demise of that destination.  It is because a wolf in sheep’s clothing deceives himself by pulling the wool over his own eyes.

April 27, 2010 Posted by | on Economics, on Government, on Politics, on Society | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When Government Throws the Wrench

Ouch!  When government messes with the machine of capitalism it interferes with the natural laws of economics.  The markets will never run smoothly when the ground is shaking.  The instability caused by over-regulating the so-called free market system, is the number one road block to economic growth and job creation.  “Who wants to play the game, when the rules are still being written?”  Those in power when they can’t win, simply change the rules.  With federal bailouts, health care overhauls, possible cap-and-trade, and more financial oversight, the government is throwing the entire toolbox at the system.  A Supreme Court ruling that would limit federal power and restrain the use of the commerce clause would put a firm foundation back under businesses that hold this country together.  The government needs to look at the blueprints that allowed for highest production, get out of the way, and let America work.

April 20, 2010 Posted by | on Economics, on Government, on Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment