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The June 2 editorial page featured three excellent commentaries making the same point: our federal government is steadily ramping up its control of our daily lives and restricting our entrepreneurial aspirations, while discouraging that most American of attributes — personal responsibility.
Andrew Wilk’s guest commentary made this point eloquently, citing “destructive incentives and disincentives, dysfunctional systems that continue, as zombie wards of the state, political class of fixers who privilege the few at the expense of the many.”
George Will’s column exposes the huge cost ($14,000-plus) to every household of burdensome regulations. This cost includes Wilk’s zombie wards: overlapping agencies that never go away even when their original purpose no longer exists.
The newspaper’s own editorial criticizes the quickie increase in Champaign’s sales tax, which council members see as easy to impose upon an overtaxed citizenry. Sales tax at 9 percent in Champaign? Ridiculous. We got to 8.75 percent partly through “temporary” increases that never go away. This is local government overreach in action.
Equally destructive is government inaction that handcuffs our economy. Businesses hesitate to expand or hire while deficits and uncertainty pervade. Our fiscal disaster persists while President Obama offers false compromise: illusory budget cuts in exchange for new taxes. Neither the deficit nor our crippling tax code will be fixed under this administration, which meanwhile fosters the growth of a nanny state that enables hordes of takers to suck money from ever more government spigots.
PETER T. TOMARAS