STRONG LEADER? YES…….IRON FISTED? NO
Over the years, people have become accustomed to the Federal Government springing into action in a National crisis, and creating new and far reaching bureaucracy’s that live into eternity, even after the crisis is over. In other words, every crisis expands the Federal Governments power even more. This is something we really don’t need, when it comes to government, less is better. Much better.
Totalitarian rule has it’s advantages, as far as the rulers are concerned. When a totalitarian ruler wants something done, it’s done instantly. It doesn’t have to be debated in a congress or committee, it just gets done. That’s great as long as it is done in good faith, with thoughtful consideration for all of those affected. But that is rarely the case. Having been involved over the years as a chairperson for several events, I can tell you that dealing with committees can be extremely frustrating. The reason it is frustrating, is because the committees quite often lose sight of the original intent, or goals of the event while attempting to insert their own ideas to make it more ” how they would do it”. In essence, the committees real function should be to simply help attain the end result as described by the event organizer.
This is precisely the dilemma our President is finding himself in at the present time. Donald Trump, in spite of what the press will tell you, makes his decisions based on Constitutional principles. Rather than create more federal bureaucracies to combat the Corona Virus, he instead, enlisted the help of major companies, and turned the responsibilities over to the state governors, giving them suggested guide lines for dealing with the crisis. The problem with this, is that once you turn the power over to others, they start putting their own personal ideas into action, and it’s impossible to regain power over the situation. The Feds are saying it’s time to start re-opening the economy, and the governors are balking, for reasons only they know. So now the committees are in charge, and the event coordinator is pulling his hair out.
Now the proverbial double edge sword emerges. The states have curtailed a huge portion of their tax revenues by the prolonged shut downs. Most of these states have a giant monster in the closet, if it gets loose, will devour them all, it’s called the retirement fund, or PERS. Most states are already teetering on bankruptcy because of this. The reason is very simple, it was nothing more than a pyramid scheme from the beginning. A lot of these states will be facing a real financial crisis, and likely bankruptcy because of prolonged shutdowns. Who do you think they are going to turn to for relief? Yep, you guessed it, the Federal Government.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INDIVIDUAL STATES INABILITY TO MANAGE THEIR AFFAIRS. IF THE STATES ELECT TO IGNORE THE COLD HARD FACTS, AND DRIVE THEMSELVES INTO BANKRUPTCY, SO BE IT. AS AN OREGONIAN, I DON’T FEEL ANY OBLIGATION FOR THE STATE OF NEW YORK OR ANY OTHER STATE DUE TO THEIR FINANCIAL INEPTITUDE.
Maybe it would have been better for the Federal Government to have taken an “iron fist” approach to this. Some states are doing a great job, others not so much. When you look at Oklahoma vs. Michigan, you can certainly see that the Oklahoma governor is firing on all cylinders, and the Michigan governor is obviously on another planet. I guess what is actually comes down to, is there are smart responsible people with common sense, and there are the others. The “others” are the ones that make the case for the “iron fist” approach. You decide, I know how I would have done it.
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