Limited Government

Despots Use Money to Buy Power

humiliationPoliticians don’t seek money.  They seek power.  They use money to acquire power.  Once they have the power, money becomes irrelevant. 

Did you see how states behaved last summer? The “Race to the Top” is all you need to know about the relationship between government money, power, and degradation.

The Race to the Top education initiative dangled cash in front of states.  Most states, including Missouri, bit.  They competed against each other for the privilege of surrendering their sovereignty over education to a DoE overlord.

The fiasco reminded me of a submarine patrol.  We got underway a day early—before our Sea Store cigarettes arrived.  About half the crew smoked.  About ten percent brought their own brands, not available through Sea Stores at $3.00 a carton. 

Cigarettes became very valuable. Those with cigarettes sometimes degraded those who craved cigarettes.  I once saw my Chief Petty Officer perched on a chair barking like a dog for a Benson & Hedges 100. 

Secretaries of US Government departments like seeing the states beg and degrade themselves, too.  The states that demonstrated the most pathetic, degrading, obsequious groveling got the money.  Obama got their school districts.

Author: William Hennessy

Co-founder of St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and Nationwide Chicago Tea Party Persuasive design expertLatest book: Turning On Trump: An Evolution (2016)Author of The Conservative Manifest (1993), Zen Conservatism (2009), Weaving the Roots (2011), and Fight to Evolve (2016)I believe every person deserves the dignity of meaningful work as the only path to human flourishing.

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