“The Forced Market” Needs To Be “The Free Market” Again
The last few years have been difficult for Americans. We have dealt with a horrible economy, poor decisions from our leaders and incredible political division. Our economy has rivaled that of “The Great Depression.” Our leaders have raised spending to a point where our national debt is now larger than our economy. America’s political division today is starting to look like the political division that led to the Civil War. It’s a truly challenging time and we’re searching for solutions.
Our current administration’s idea to solve these problems is through green energy. This is supposedly going to drop unemployment statistics and save the environment. We can also assume that this will make us all stop fighting and agree with each other as well. Well, we’re still waiting for those things to happen. About all we have really seen out of the green economy so far is a bunch of guys in FBI jackets standing outside of a Solyndra facility. We were expecting more.
The administration has pushed wind energy projects on us. The problem that has come up with this one is that the blueprints that called for a certain output of energy never took into account the fact that the wind doesn’t always blow. That’s right, windmills need a lot of wind to produce energy. It can never be assumed that they will get enough to produce what is necessary to be effective. So, not only are we supposed to go back to windmill technology that was popular in 15th century Holland, but apparently we’re supposed to believe that government subsidies will cause massive gusts of wind. Are they kidding?
Blunders like this tend to be what happens when the government tries to create a market. America was built on a free market, not a forced market. Yet, it seems we are now being forced into too many ideas that come from government workers in nice suits who sit in fancy DC offices.
I recently produced a mini-documentary for a client about life in West Virginia coal mining towns during the Obama years. While I was gathering information in various parts of the state, I saw something horrible. Obama-era environmental policies were literally shutting down whole towns in the region. You see, when government policies force an entire coal mine to close, they also shut down the nearby gas station or convenience store. They force the people who live nearby and earn a living off of the mine to move elsewhere.
This illustrated what is really going on in America. People in Washington who think they know what’s best are shutting down the people who could be building our economy. These coal mining facilities provide affordable energy for our nation and create good paying jobs. Now they are under fire. Why? Perhaps it’s because our leaders mistakenly think of West Virginia as a land of snake-handling bumpkins who don’t matter. Maybe it’s because our leaders really don’t understand what makes our country tick. Whatever the case may be, poor leadership decisions have been devastating for the free market. This means these decisions are devastating for America.