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    Cronyism isnít just for third world countries anymore.



    Cronyism isnít just for third world countries anymore.

    Big business and our federal government are attached at the hip, which is great for them, horrible for the American people. Charles Koch, citing statistics that should set every red-blooded Americanís hair on fire, explains in detail the miserable state of todayís US economy. While Big Biz and the insatiable glutton that is our federal government are feasting on the produce of the golden goose, they are apparently unaware that the goose also needs to eat. The most valuable thing in the history of the world is the American consumer market. It has been driving the global economy for decades. Obama and his cronies, for lack of a word I canít find, are starving it, not understanding where their own bread comes from. Morons -thatís the word I was looking for!


    Posted on August 7, 2014by thomas madison

    CHARLES KOCH: HOW TO GET OUR ECONOMY MOVING AGAIN

    by John Hinderaker, Powerline

    If there is anyone in the world who knows how to create wealth and generate good, high-paying jobs, it is Charles Koch. In USA Today, Koch sets out a basic prescription for how to improve our economy, accompanied by some eye-popping statistics:

    Like most Americans, I am deeply concerned about our weak economic recovery and its effects on millions of families. Opportunity, especially for the young and disadvantaged, is declining. High underemployment has become our new norm. Ö

    Too many businesses focus on getting subsidies and mandates from government rather than creating value for customers. According to George Mason Universityís Mercatus Center, such favors cost us more than $11,000 per person in lost GDP every year, a $3.6 trillion economic hit.
    That is astonishing. Everyone knows (unless he is a liberal economist like Paul Krugman) that cronyism promotes inefficiency. But the magnitude of the problem is stunning: if the Mercatus Center analysis is correct, cronyism is deflating the economy by around 21%! Imagine if every American got a 21% raise: that is only a small part of what free market economic policies could accomplish, if they were not blocked by the Democratic Party. Then, of course, we have the problem of excessive government regulation:

    Federal rules cost America an estimated $1.86 trillion per year, calculated the Competitive Enterprise Institute. At Koch Industries, weíve seen how punitive permitting for large projects creates years of delay, increasing uncertainty and cost. Sometimes projects are canceled and jobs with them. Meanwhile, 30% of U.S. employees need government licenses to work. We need a system that rewards those who create real value, not impedes them.

    The main thing standing between you and a higher income, assuming you own an alarm clock, is the government. More:
    [W]e should eliminate the artificial cost of hiring. Government policies such as Obamacare have given businesses a powerful incentive to hire two part-time people to do one full-time job. This trend was reflected in Juneís employment data, which included the loss of half a million full-time jobs. In 2007, 4.4 million Americans worked part-time jobs because they could not find full-time work. That number now stands at 7.5 million, up 275,000 in June.
    The Obama administration hailed the June employment data as a triumph, even though the number of full-time jobs declined by a half million. They want you and your children to accept a ďnew normalĒ in which part-time employment as a barista is a reasonable expectation for a college graduate.

    Government likes for its citizens to be lazy, incompetent and dependent. Thatís bad for the citizens, but good for the government:

    Finally, we need greater incentives to work. Costly programs, such as paying able-bodied people not to work, are addictive disincentives. By undermining peopleís will to work, our government has created a culture of dependency and hopelessness.
    Government control over the economy, promotion of dependence and cronyism have been tried. They have failed. It is time for something different:

    Our governmentís decades-long, top-down approach to job creation has failed. Its policies have made our problems worse, leaving tens of millions chronically un- or underemployed, millions of whom have given up ever finding meaningful work. In doing so, our government has not only thwarted real job creation, it also has reduced the supply and quality of goods and services that make peopleís lives better and undermined the culture required to sustain a free society.

    When it comes to creating opportunities for all, we can do much better. Itís time to let people seek opportunities that best suit their talents, for businesses to forsake cronyism and for government to get out of the way.
    A friend who knows Charles Koch well describes him as a genius. I can believe it: creating tens of billions of dollars in wealth and tens of thousands of productive, high-paying jobs probably does require a touch of genius. But when it comes to politics and the economy, what Charles Koch has to say is just common sense.

    http://powderedwigsociety.com/2014/0...s-koch-citing/




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    Charles Koch: How to really turn the economy around

    Charles Koch1:52 p.m. EDT August 6, 2014
    Government, business and workers need to address values and incentives.



    (Photo: Scott Olson, Getty Images)

    For years, Washington politicians have said that our economy is turning the corner. They said it in 2011, in 2013 and again last week ó every time they report a quarter with 4% economic growth. But each time, the economy has turned sluggish again.

    Like most Americans, I am deeply concerned about our weak economic recovery and its effects on millions of families. Opportunity, especially for the young and disadvantaged, is declining. High underemployment has become our new norm.
    The effects of underemployment are not just economic, they are also social and psychological. Real work is an important part of how we define ourselves. Meaningful work benefits both us and others. Those who lack real jobs often end up depressed, addicted or aggressive.

    Today, opportunities for such work are not what they should be. We need a different approach, focused less on politics and more on basic principles.

    Principled business

    First, we need to encourage principled entrepreneurship. Companies should earn profits by creating value for customers and acting with integrity, the opposite of today's rampant cronyism.

    Too many businesses focus on getting subsidies and mandates from government rather than creating value for customers. According to George Mason University's Mercatus Center, such favors cost us more than $11,000 per person in lost GDP every year, a $3.6 trillion economic hit.

    Compounding the problem are destructive regulations affecting whether and how business invests and employees work. Federal rules cost America an estimated $1.86 trillion per year, calculated the Competitive Enterprise Institute. At Koch Industries, we've seen how punitive permitting for large projects creates years of delay, increasing uncertainty and cost. Sometimes projects are canceled and jobs with them. Meanwhile, 30% of U.S. employees need government licenses to work. We need a system that rewards those who create real value, not impedes them.




    Second, we should eliminate the artificial cost of hiring. Government policies such as Obamacare have given businesses a powerful incentive to hire two part-time people to do one full-time job. This trend was reflected in June's employment data, which included the loss of half a million full-time jobs. In 2007, 4.4 million Americans worked part-time jobs because they could not find full-time work. That number now stands at7.5 million, up 275,000 in June. "The existence of such a large pool of 'partly unemployed' workers," Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said, "is a sign that labor conditions are worse than indicated by the unemployment rate."

    Skills AND values

    Third, we need to guide many more people into developing skills and values that will enable them to reach their potential. Everyone knows education increases a person'sability to create value. But the willingness to work, an essential for success, often has to be taught, too.

    When I was growing up, my father had me spend my free time working at unpleasant jobs. Most Americans understand that taking a job and sticking with it, no matter how unpleasant or low-paying, is a vital step toward the American dream. We are in for more trouble if young people don't find that all-important first job, which is critical to beginning their climb up the ladder.
    Finally, we need greater incentives to work. Costly programs, such as paying able-bodied people not to work, are addictive disincentives. By undermining people's will to work, our government has created a culture of dependency and hopelessness. This is most unfair to vulnerable citizens who suffer even as we say they are receiving "benefits."

    I agree with Dr. Martin Luther King. There are no dead-end jobs. Every job deserves our best. "If a man is called to be a street sweeper," King said, "he should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'"

    Our government's decades-long, top-down approach to job creation has failed. Its policies have made our problems worse, leaving tens of millions chronically un- or underemployed, millions of whom have given up ever finding meaningful work. In doing so, our government has not only thwarted real job creation, it also has reduced the supply and quality of goods and services that make people's lives better and undermined the culture required to sustain a free society.

    When it comes to creating opportunities for all, we can do much better. It's time to let people seek opportunities that best suit their talents, for businesses to forsake cronyism and for government to get out of the way.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinio...ound/13643229/


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