In olden times before we accepted the belief that businesses were efficient and good and government was inefficient and bad, people felt called to serve. This idea that business is such a superior way is of course a myth. A cursory look at bankruptcies, failed companies, the causes of the great recession, and the ravages of the pre-regulation industrial age would disprove the myth. But myths die hard. So business is the way to go. And with this myth comes the loss of service to the country or the greater good. You work for the government on your way to a plush private sector job. Working for the government is about gaining influence and power so you can make money. We scoff at people who would work as public servants as idealist who will one day have to grow up and face reality. After all money is what makes the world go round. Where once we proclaimed you cannot take it with you we now say greed is good. I know all of this sounds very 1980s.
But any student of history will tell you that history repeats itself. And the 80’s are back and are on human growth hormones. The current president has never had any motivation but how to make more money. So it should come as no surprise that he wants to deregulate and lower taxes so that the money makers and everyone else can grow their incomes. And he is doing this by any means necessary. The poor, the environment, the sick, arts, and humanities must stand down so that the money makers can enrich themselves. His budget increases the military spending because it protects our riches and the military industrial complex is one of the best ways to increase wealth. After all it was military expenditures that created a booming economy in World War II after the Great Depression.
So public servants are a concept of the past. Ideology over people is the new mantra. The fact that people lose their healthcare is okay because the government can budget the money to more enriching schemes. Meals on Wheels they say accomplishes nothing but feeding. It is not creating wealth so it must go. Ensuring women have equal salaries is a hindrance to companies making more money. Now they use the insane argument that taking what little the poor have will in the end make them not poor. It is healthcare and full bellies that help them stay poor instead of these benefits make poverty bearable. Me, Myself, and I are so liberal as to say unless you have good health and food for energy you cannot possibly move out of poverty.
But alas we have a dream come true the businessman of bankruptcies, inherited wealth, and non-payment to contractors who work for him has become president. Working for the government is to be used for growing your wealth and government programming is to grow your wealth. People be damned. In fact in the future we will replace people with robots so they are not such a drain on the government budget and company’s bottom line. But wait that is already happening.