The Campaign For DA

3.24.2015

Current Legislature News: It's Budget Time




That's a staggering number (which is being increased under the most conservative legislature ever). And that's just for the state government. It doesn't include county or municipalities or school districts. As I've said before, government employees are critical to our economy and we are far more socialists than anyone wants to believe.


13 comments:

wordkyle said...

"government employees are critical to our economy" - ehhhh, not because they're government employees. The people in those positions would be doing something else in the private sector if they didn't work for the government. They possess no inherent value simply because of government.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle, that's not at all correct. "No inherent value"? The private sector wouldn't be able to thrive w/o gov and its employees to carry out regulations. There'd be no stability, predictability or safeguards in the private sector otherwise. The SEC, FDA, state insurance commissions, the military, local police, etc., all provide consumer confidence among other things. The business world doesn't want the instability that comes with a laissez-faire world.

Anonymous said...

11:02 We in the private sector can police ourselves. It has always worked out so well in the past when we have done so. Just arm everyone and we will sort it out, no police or regulators needed.

wordkyle said...

1102 - First of all, I was talking about the people, not the concept of government regulation.

Having said that, your argument that "stability" is the government's contribution is an interesting and viable one, up to a point.

However, regulation constricts the economy in some cases; e.g. the EPA prevents construction because of environmental (or political) concerns. Also, whimsical and arbitrary enforcement of regulations de-stabilizes the economy and creates consumer doubt.

Ultimately, the government employee is paid by the private sector. Government is a net taker, not a contributor.

Anonymous said...

11:02 is obviously a government worker supplying essential services to the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle:
1. Yes the gov may constrict the economy in some cases, perhaps not always for the best. But I'd argue that some things are more important than economic concerns. In many cases, I believe that breathable air and clean drinking water are more vital than, say, constricting an already thriving energy industry.
2. In theory, I suppose you're right in saying arbitrary gov regulations destabilize economies creating consumer doubt. However I'm not aware of any recent examples in the US where this had serious negative impact.
3. Gov employees are paid by taxes collected from citizens and businesses. That's not a new idea. So I'm not sure why you choose to classify gov as the pejorative "taker" when you admit that gov contributions are viable. Gov contributes plenty, but perhaps in ways some people don't care to measure.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Skippy, but you'll need to redefine your interpretation of Socialism, which dictates that the government controls all means of production and distribution of goods, rather than private industry.

The government, be it federal, state, or local, contributes to, but does not control the economy.

wordkyle said...

106 - I'll simply go back to an often used analogy. Government and private industry have a symbiotic relationship, in which government is the parasite and private industry the host. While the parasite may provide some few benefits, ultimately it feeds off the host and the host's activities.

Incidentally 1) You may be right about the environment, but we were discussing economics; 2) The capricious application of Obamacare caused uncertainty in businesses, making them afraid to grow. Remember all those "cash rich" businesses? 3) Taxes are all collected from people. When businesses make money it goes to people. When it goes to government, the people don't get it.

Denney Crane said...

"under the most conservative legislature ever"

I disagree. It may be the most Republican legislature ever, but that does not make them conservatives.

Texas has been overrun with fireants, ferral hogs and RINOs. We're able to kill two out of three of these know pests...

Anonymous said...

In past legislative years, it was called kick the the can down the road. Unfortunately, they have come to a dead end street this year. Makes that marijuana tax look better day by day.

DF Metaphor Guy

Anonymous said...

Wordkyle: Your analogy is broken because it ignores the fact that industry needs government. In a symbiotic relationship, both parties benefit from what each other provides. In a parasitic relationship only one party benefits and the other is harmed.

1)We are discussing economics. I was pointing out that some things may be more important than economics and in some cases worth constricting said industry. Perhaps another analogy would suit you. Some might say that the Texas government "constricts" the medical industry by restricting abortion rights. Our state officials have placed the abortion issue over economics. Economically speaking, are they wrong to do so?
2) All those businesses seem to be growing and doing very well as private sector payroll jobs have increased nearly every month since the new healthcare law was implemented.
3) Interesting thought. I was under the impression that actual people worked for the gov. I wasn't aware that gov expenditures and payroll went only to robots or some non-human species that ran our gov. You can't separate "people" from "government"...unless you're referring to Skynet.

Anonymous said...

4:46 -- what a load of mind-numbing BS.

wordkyle said...

I'm sorry, I was unclear on #3. When money goes to the government, the people who earned it don't get it.