Saturday’s Around Town noted public support for the proposed bond to empower the City of Marietta to take over portions of Franklin Road “has been generally favorable, with the exceptions of a few Libertarians.” If true, how sad.
It is a regrettable testament to the political climate that so few understand the proper limits to the role of government. What once would have been derisively dismissed as socialist or crony-capitalist, now is hailed as progress.
The stinging irony of the situation is that Republicans are supporting, not attacking this expansion of government power. Does Marietta, Georgia, home of The Georgia Tea Party and county seat to Republican-dominated Cobb County, have any remaining proponents of limited government?
At first glance, it seems local Republicans are simply emulating the success of big-government Democrats. President Obama used taxpayer funds to support several environmental businesses and he remains popular despite those failures. Mayor Kasim Reed’s efforts to use taxpayer funds to build a stadium for one high-profile citizen is boosting his profile nationally.
Perhaps Republicans are correct to join the game, regardless of government’s proper role.
As rebuttal, I repeat the advice of Jude Wanniski. This strategy will be a loser for Republicans on the national level. In any election between a big-government Democrat and a big-government Republican, the Democrat will win. For recent evidence, see John McCain and Mitt Romney.
For those confused by the debate over government’s role in redevelopment, consider this scenario: Tom owns a property which could be put to better use. Joe has the money for redevelopment, but refuses to get involved. Would you be in the right to use force to take Joe’s money and redevelop Tom’s property?
Of course not.
So why is it correct for you to use the power of government to do the same thing?
Of course, it isn’t.