Ideology is one thing. Results are another.

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I read a staggering statistic yesterday. According to former Reagan budget director David Stockman, since the third quarter of 2008, the nation’s gross domestic product has grown at the rate of only $4 billion per month while the federal debt has at the same time grown by $100 billion per month.

In other words, federal debt is growing at a rate 25 times greater than the American economy. Much of this debt has been taken on in the name of stimulating the economy yet little stimulation has taken place. Unemployment remains near ten percent and the economy is growing so slowly that the growth is barely perceptible.

Yet Obama and the Democrats cling to the idea that their economic policies, born of left-wing ideology, are working. This illustrates the biggest difference between business and government. Business is driven by results. Government can be, at least for a while, driven by ideology.

Lacking sovereign borrowing power and the ability to expand the money supply, when faced with poor results, business must quickly change course in order to survive. No business can afford to borrow at 25 times its rate of growth. No government can either. But nobody in our government has ever been in business.

And that’s the critical difference.

Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of Gleiser Communications, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The Team FM & KYZS in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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2 Responses

  1. Linda E. Montrose says:

    Anyone who has been in business knows you can not spend more than you bring in. If you do, you can only rob Peter to pay Paul for so long before it catches up with you. When that happens, you can not remain in business and the doors have to close. A lesson the government has yet to learn because we have been sending the WRONG people to Washington. It is past time that we send people who have had EXPERIENCE in running a business to Washington. Wasn’t that the intention our Founders had in mind to start with? Who knows better how to run a government than those who have had to depend upon their business skills, whether it be a farmer or merchant, to make it in this world?

  2. Charlie says:

    Seems to me all the New Yorkers need to do is start selling pork, lots of pork in front of the new mosque that whey want to build. And someone should start processing pork next door, and let the mosque smell and literally inhale pork, 24 hours a day until they move. What they want to do is legal, but shows no class. So, get you pork on a stick, rrrrigggth here New Yorkers.

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