There are certainly some disagreements here and there, but overall, John Tamny “gets it.” In a recent column at Forbes, he opines that, rather than complain that Obama spends all his time golfing, as conservatives are apt to do, conservatives should actually be cheering him on. This is an immense point, and one that is sadly lost on conservatives far more often than not. The question that needs to be turned back to Conservatives whenever they express frustration with Obama’s golf-playing ways is: “would you rather him be sitting in his office signing new economic bills, passing new executive actions, or preparing more government-propagandizing speeches?”
Because it seems to me, and Tamny too, that golfing Obama is far more appealing than presiding Obama. Would Conservatives desire the reverse?
…it must be remembered that governments tautologically have no resources. The latter isn’t an ideological statement, it’s simply fact. Governmental ability to do anything is a function of resources being extracted from us first. More to the point, whenever government officials “do something” they are altering what would naturally occur if market signals were allowed to direct resources over the uncoordinated hand politicians.
What a very Nockian point! Here is Albert Nock:
It is unfortunately none too well understood that, just as the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own. All the power it has is what society gives it, plus what it confiscates from time to time on one pretext or another; there is no other source from which State power can be drawn. Therefore every assumption of State power, whether by gift or seizure, leaves society with so much less power. There is never, nor can there be, any strengthening of State power without a corresponding and roughly equivalent depletion of social power.
Besides that observation on the nature of government utilization of the economy’s resources, Tamny does a great job showing how an “active President” isn’t all that great. We should desire that the President do so much less than it currently does. In fact, the Constitution itself does not give all that many tasks to the Executive Office precisely because an busybody in public office is so dangerous.
Let the man golf. Maybe he’ll leave us alone.