Local radio yapper Rick Rydell
takes one of Rush's idiot points and runs with it way beyond idiocy.
Rush's point is: "Government has nothing of its own to spend; it can only be a parasite."
Rydell constantly hammers this point and takes it out into the stratosphere of pure destruction: "Government should never have anything of its own. It should never do anything that makes a profit. It should not keep any savings. It should not have a rainy-day fund or a reserve. Any time it piles up a surplus, it should immediately refund the surplus to the people that it sucked from."
Rush's original point is false, and Rydell's extension is suicidal. YOU EGREGIOUS IDIOTS, YOU'VE GOT IT PRECISELY BACKWARDS. IF YOU WANT LOW TAXES AND EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD MAKE A PROFIT WHEREVER IT CAN, AND THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD KEEP A RESERVE.
Through history most gov'ts have found ways to make a profit, and most gov'ts have kept a reserve.
Most commonly, gov'ts charge royalties or rents for extraction of natural resources.
Arab oil sheikdoms like Kuwait take this to the extreme, which isn't healthy either: they not only have ZERO TAX, their citizens don't even need to work!
Oklahoma, Texas and Alaska have low personal tax burdens because they collect royalties on oil extraction.
North Dakota has the most efficient gov't in this country, with extremely low taxes, because it has run a State Bank since 1910, explicitly designed to preserve, invest, and make profits
on the state's revenue.
From the '30s through the '60s, many city gov'ts in America didn't collect taxes because they made enough money from their city-owned electric plants. That is no longer possible because of two Fed evils: the marauding all-consuming enemy army EPA has so many rules on emissions that local plants can't keep up, and the securitization of electric power in the 1990's eliminated purely local operations.
Even now, the Feds still make a small income from the generation operations of Bonneville and Tennessee Valley, but that's just about gone because of the vast burdens imposed by hippieshit wind "power" requirements.
The Feds USED TO make good income from logging on the vast national forests, until they choked off their own source by the monstrous anti-science anti-Darwin anti-human anti-animal genocidal "Endangered" "Species" Act. And the effects of logging and low-cost hydro power USED TO spill over into local communities, because logging and industries paid local wages and local taxes. Not any more.
So Rush and Rydell are really celebrating and advocating
the post-1989 Federal mafiocracy. They are celebrating and advocating
a government that lives off Chinese credit and provides nothing but raw hell for its unfortunate citizens. At the same time, they are condemning
the principles that produce a low-tax high-efficiency government.
Rush and Rydell hate America and everything America USED TO stand for.