The Shell Game Continues...
Editorial Opinion regarding the Congressional Airline Bailout
September 21, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2001
EDITORIAL OPINION PIECE
The Shell Game Continues
Thats the essence of the federal bailout proposal thats currently being kicked around the halls of Congress. Oh, were going to lose so much money because of those nasty terrorists. We just cant afford it. Please give us some of the tax money you collect from other people, Uncle Sam, so we wont feel so bad.
Grow up! Get over it. Its not as if the airlines are the only businesses hurt by last weeks terrorist attacks. What about the company that owned the World Trade Center towers? How about the travel agents? The hotel and motel operators? Restaurant owners all around the country? All those businesses have been hurt by the reduction in air travel. Should Congress be bailing them out with taxpayers money, too? Hell, no!
The federal government has no constitutional authority to take tax money from one individual and give it to another. In America, each of us is responsible for the consequences of his own decisions. When we make good choices we profit. And when we make bad choices, we lose. Thats how we learn. When the government insulates certain individuals and businesses from profit and loss, true economic progress is always retarded.
Heres a suggestion for George W. Bush and crew. Instead of using the coercive power of government to extort money from hard working Americans who havent been within a mile of an airport all year, and then turning $24 billion over to the fat cats who run American Airlines, why not try something truly novel?
Now that would be novel. It would even be constitutional. I dont think George W. Bush could raise any $24 billion that way, though.
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