Producers produce. Governments consume. And so it has always been.
And if governments continue to grow as they have—consuming in the process their country’s substance—they’re going to bury everyone, consumers and producers alike, in the mountain of government debt that no-one can pay for except the very producers they’re killing off.
Martin Durkin shows how Britain reached this parlous state.
Don’t laugh. It’s all equally true for us, as well.
Government spending is not productive spending; what it spends it spends almost entirely on consumption. Explains George Reisman,
In the same sense as a housewife, the government is not a producer but a consumer, who is dependent upon producers. All of its physical production, like hers, is in the last analysis a consumptive production. It is a production which cannot replace the means with which it began ... a production which leaves the government poorer by the amount of funds it has expended. In order to continue the activity, resort must be had to an external source of funds -- in the government's case, the taxpayers or the printing press.”
Government spending always has to be paid for. Deficits even more so—with interest.
And perhaps even worse than this ongoing consumption of our substance by the grey ones—and the widespread ignorance about the destructive process it represents—is the enormous number of bright, intelligent, resourceful individuals who, instead of working to produce things, head off to work every morning to sit behind a government desk writing reports on how the life of producers can be made more difficult.
And the tragedy is, they think their efforts are worthwhile.