No thanks to government growth "flexibility"
re “Reasonable fix for state budget", Denver Post Editorial, 4/24/09
To the Editors:
The Denver Post’s editorial position in favor of repealing Arveschoug-Bird in favor of “flexibility” is a big mistake in the same way that repealing laws against the use of guns to commit crimes would be a mistake even though it would increase the criminals’ “flexibility” in their operations.
If government is limited to grow at any rate, such as 5% of personal income, it will most often grow at that maximum-allowed rate. The idea that government should grow 6% per year during good times (under current law) or based on 5% of personal income is a recipe for out of control government which, of course, we’re seeing already both on the federal and state levels. Instead of championing maximizing the money taken from Coloradoans, you should be arguing for a repeal of auto-pilot spending provision like Amendment 23. As my bumper sticker says, “It’s the spending, stupid.”
The idea that government should and must always grow even when the rest of the economy, including citizens’ own budgets and their ability to buy things they want or need, is repugnant, if not insane. It is a recipe to turn Colorado into California…which many of our transplants from there would say was a driving force behind their moving to a state which required restraint rather than “flexibility” in the growth of government. When will the Post’s editorial positions come to recognize that government does not have an inherent right to our money and that it should be an explicit policy and regulatory goal to have government grow slower than the overall economy?
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