Joe Biden gave a talk to a few union workers in Eire, Pennsylvania today. He spoke about the many jobs he was going to create as our next President. His plan is simple and very simple-minded. He will force us to spend huge amounts of money on “green energy.” This will create jobs. He will spend huge amounts of money building government schools. This will create jobs. He will make college educations free, which will create jobs. He will provide people up to $15,000 as down-payments on new homes. This will create jobs. He promises that these jobs will all require union wages.
He could also replace all the bulldozers with shovels and claim he was creating jobs.
Jobs that last are those that increase the productivity of people and raise our standard of living. So-called “Green Energy” jobs that replace inexpensive, dependable, and in the modern era, clean, coal, oil, and natural gas energy with expensive, intermittent wind and solar energy, do not increase productivity and do not raise our standard of living. As I have proven over and over, coal, oil, and natural gas energy are not bringing on catastrophic man-made global warming. That hypothesis has failed to live up to its constant and determined hype by those who are always looking for an excuse to increase the power of governments in the micromanagement of our lives. “Green energy” has only managed to increase the cost of energy to date and to make our power grids more vulnerable to blackouts. By raising energy costs, it has reduced employment throughout our economy in all businesses that use electric power. These reductions tend to be diffuse and hard to point at, but any requirement that raises the cost of doing business has to result in fewer jobs.
Having realized he might lose some states if he maintains his pledge of a few months ago to end fracking, Biden now claims he absolutely will not end fracking. Though he will rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and eventually end the use of all hydrocarbon fuels, which does sound like the end of fracking to any rational thinker. His current stance is that he will not allow it on federal lands and since he is largely against allowing pipelines to be built, he will limit its ability to get to markets. Clearly, Biden cannot be trusted on the fracking issue.
What our education system needs is an infusion of the freedom to choose. We do not need more government-run schools. Government-run schools tend to become as well-managed as the Departments of Motor Vehicles, the Veterans Administration, the Social Security Administration, the Postal Service, or Fannie Mae. We need better teachers. We need more teachers who are not from the bottom quarter of college graduates. We need better education curricula. We need students to learn real history and economics — not the hysterical fables the socialist left teaches. We need to teach students to do math and to write coherently on serious subjects. We need to encourage rational thought — not simply promote stream of consciousness and to perpetuate childish feelings.
The government and most other schools too are in the hands of the socialist left, which is not surprising given that the vast majority of the educational establishment is in the hands of government. As long as its center of gravity is the government, the thinking of education professionals will be dominated by those who want a never-ending increase in the power of government. There is no surprise that those who want this are always seeking justifications such as group identity politics infused with critical race theory, peak resource production, claims that businesses only want to crush their customers, and predictions of catastrophic man-made global warming. One has to scare the people into accepting being forced to comply with evermore mandates.
Jobs building more government schools will displace jobs in the private sector devoted to the goods and services individuals choose of their own free will. It will ultimately take resources away from addressing the real needs of an educational system that would actually prepare students to become productive workers and freedom-maintaining citizens. Those needs are best met by allowing the education system to become a vital part of the private sector. Biden and the Democrats want at all costs to prevent that from happening. The government-run school teachers unions are their strongest supporters.
Accept a free college education and you are absolutely accepting a curriculum of propaganda approved by the government. I should not have to say more to a freedom-loving individual. Furthermore, that which is free, is not valued. Free college educations will surely become an education in how to party. Imagine what students will learn about binge drinking, drug use, and promiscuous sex. All taxpayers should be delighted with the prospect of working hard in their jobs and giving a larger fraction of their pay up so more students can be educated in how they are mostly racist monsters (so-called whites), male chauvinists (all males), mean-hearted and selfish suppressors of the people (all who have above average income or wealth and are in the private sector), or Gaia rapists (all who use the resources of the Earth). Nonetheless, private sector employers are expected to hire the partying experts and the private-sector business haters the free colleges will produce. This is Biden’s planned future.
New home down-payments up to $15,000: In a fantasy world in which government can make anything and everything free without hurting everyone, why not? Sure free education, free homes, free meals, free health care, free jobs — in exchange for our votes. Actually, Biden claims all his freebies will only come from those making more than $400,000 a year, whatever that means. This comes on the heals of massive, unnecessary business shutdowns in the Covid-19 scare and huge government relief bills that have run up our national debt already to otherworldly levels. All of this has to be paid for and it will come out of our hides in the future loss of many other values we might have chosen as individuals. This socialist free lunch is a fantasy with a deep and fearsome bite.
Those jobs Biden promises are promised to be good Union jobs. Yes, he promised the union leaders he was talking to that he would ensure that the jobs he would create would be union jobs. Most Americans do not want to be forced to join a union. I, as an employer, do not want to be forced to share my management judgment with union leaders, almost all of whom are Mafia or Communists and none of whom are suitable partners in my business. Your future with Biden and his socialist Democrat Party hosts is one of forced union dues and rules or the sharing of the management of your business with corrupt, inept union leaders.
With Biden as President, I see a future in we are all much more subject to the use of government force to make us do the bidding of the Socialist Democratic Party elitists. Far more often, they will tell you which of your values you will be allowed to pursue and far more often they will take the resources from you that would have allowed you to pursue your own chosen values. They will use those resources to pursue their values, which will often be designed to hurt you. If you think that the people, who want the kind of power that characterizes the elite of the Socialist Democrat Party, care about you as an individual, you are incredibly gullible.
Government has a monopoly on the use of force. This makes government the most dangerous institution we have to live with in our society. When government takes on functions beyond those of protecting our freedom to exercise our many and broad individual rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness, it necessarily starts choosing who it is going to hurt. Its justification for hurting some is always couched in terms of helping others. Most people accept that because they do not understand that the free market private sector is where relationships are based on mutual benefits, not one side wins and one side loses. When government takes on massive numbers of functions, there are vast numbers of losers and some winners. The winners are those who make a profession of cozying up to the government elite. This is why the suburbs of Washington, DC are among the very richest in the nation. The losers are most Americans, few of whom have any idea how much they have lost.
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