A casual exchange during a House committee meeting last week went mostly unnoticed by the media, all media, including conservative talk radio. Despite the mild-mannered way in which it was delivered, it's quite shocking and more need to take notice. It was between Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and a newly elected representative former nurse, who ran for office last year after watching how Congress went about adopting ObamaCare. But before we get to the quote, some background and the local angle. On this blog we've noted that while families and businesses need to alter their ways and watch their dollars, government never does, even in the most dire of economic times. We hear lobbyists for the cities and counties repeatedly tell General Assembly committees that this reform cannot be enacted or this right cannot be protected because it would "hurt government" — by which they mean themselves and their jobs.
They use taxpayer money to lobby against the rights of the people they supposedly serve. However, they equate what is good for the county or city bureaucracy as being good for their citizens. Or at least pretend they believe that. Nothing could be further from the truth. So, last session, as local governments were opposing property rights and tax relief because it would "hurt local government," even during a time when businesses are under stress, we asked, "Do governments ever go out of business?" Why are they so concerned with protecting their bureaucratic jobs and not the people who pay their salaries?
Now,the story at hand: At the federal level, we have a perfect demonstration of this mentality. According to Secretary Geithner and his boss, President Barack Obama, government must never shrink. America is a breath away from reducing itself into a third-world-like economic basket case, yet government must not shrink!
Here are the lead paragraphs by CNSNews (see entire article), one of the only media organizations who reported this with the vigor it deserves:
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday that the Obama administration believes taxes on small business must increase so the administration does not have to “shrink the overall size of government programs.”
The administration’s plan to raise the tax rate on small businesses is part of its plan to raise taxes on all Americans who make more than $250,000 per year — including businesses that file taxes the same way individuals and families do.
You didn't really think Mr. Obama was serious about cutting spending, did you? Here's the video of the exchange between Secretary Geithner and freshman Representative Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) during his testimony at a meeting of the House Small Business Committee:
What drought? Government will always grow under the Obama-Geithner government-at-all-costs mentality.