U.S. Government the Culprit for Rising Poverty

from my interview on Press TV
The best solution to decrease U.S. poverty is to “vastly decrease the power in spending of the federal government,” says James Bovard, Maryland-based policy advisor for The Future of Freedom Foundation.

“It’s the U.S. government that is dragging down the American economy and suppressing the productivity and creativity of the American people,” he told Press TV’s U.S. Desk on Tuesday, a day after a report put the number of the poor in America at nearly 50 million.

On Monday, the Census Bureau said the number of Americans living in poverty was higher than previously estimated, and stands at 49.1 million.

You can listen to my two-minute, early-morning-pre-coffee-semi-pre-verbal monologue on the topic here.


10 Responses to U.S. Government the Culprit for Rising Poverty

  1. Plastic Money November 9, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    The role of Government in a liberal democracy is to protect liberty. It is certainly not a mandate to give that Government the right to be a bigger and bigger participant in the economy.

    There is no point in voting in such a democracy unless there is a space for “non of the above”

    When voting is not conductive to freedom and simply facilitate the transfer of more and more economic and eventually all other powers to the Government it makes that democracy becomes the enemy of liberty. The western world is at that point.

  2. Plastic Money November 9, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    We end up voting against our own freedom.
    and the exercise of voting becomes collective self destruction.

  3. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit November 9, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    Democracy itself is the problem – democracy being nothing more than a fancy
    Greek word meaning “mob rule.” 😀

  4. Jim November 9, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    If only we could find the Right Leader…

  5. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit November 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    I’d nominate Claire. The steady and substantial income would do her good and she likes her quiet times so much that we’d never see her out pestering us for our own good.

    And the rest of us could say we knew her when she was just a humble* blogger!

    *for a Clairean value of “humble.” 😀

  6. Jim November 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    But would she favor repealing the federal tax increase on cigars????

  7. Plastic Money November 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    The Federal Reserve of the US now holds about 16% of total outstanding US federal debt. Who voted for this incestuous Government financing ?

  8. Plastic Money November 9, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    There is no “mob rule” with out an agitator and an agenda to eventually exploit that mob.

  9. Dirk Sabin November 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

    Yesterday, driving through the blasted landscape of connecticut on election day, I noted a perfect sign for the times. Hand painted, nice colors, nailed to a power pole “Vote Jim, I need a Job”. Funny thing is, whoever Jim is, he’d likely do a better job than 9/10ths of the indentured servants currently serving the Great and Abiding Societeers of our Idiotic Government. Thats all for one and ehhhh, all for one.

  10. Jim November 9, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    If there weren’t any spelling errors on that sign, then the dude is qualified to be Commissioner of Education.