Image via WikipediaPresident Barack Obama has sent a letter to Democratic leaders in Congress, asking for a $50 billion bailout of state and local governments, which would supposedly “save” the jobs of teachers, police officers, and firefighters. Pat Buchanan rightly pegs this as a “bailout of the political class,” who, Obama apparently thinks, should not have to be bothered with the task of balancing their own budgets. 
While Steny Hoyer did not appear enthusiastic about the idea, citing “spending fatigue,” it still might have a chance in Congress. Obama says this plan is going to support economic recovery. 
About all it would do is reward irresponsible behavior on the part of state officials who seem unable to understand that a state cannot continue having more outgo than revenue without facing the need to cut spending or collect more in taxes. This illustrates Obama’s full embrace of socialism. This bailout creates unjust taxpayer obligations to pay for politicians’ big mistakes, just as they paid for banks’ and auto companies’ big mistakes.
Recovery is not helped, because, just as was the case with the $787 billion-plus “stimulus,” private-sector job creation was all but missing. A strong recovery requires increased private-sector economic activity. But the Administration is against the private sector, considering each company, in the words of Lew Rockwell, “a bird to be plucked.”
Buchanan points out the following:
Obama is calling for a taxpayer rescue of the political class to which he belongs, to spare it the painful duty tens of thousands of business executives have had to perform. Private employees — 25 million of whom are out of work, underemployed or have given up looking for jobs — may be expendable, but government workers are not.
Bailouts are a bad idea, period. As a taxpayer in Texas, I don’t want to pay for California government officials’ mistakes. Besides that, there would be no corrective measures to prevent this type of “crisis” in the future. Just spend all you want on dumb projects like regulating everyone’s thermostat, and thinking up new restrictions on automobiles, TV’s, etc., teaching school children to hate Christianity but love Islam, etc., ad nauseum. Pay for it yourself, I’m not interested. What principles are violated here? Among others:
1. The private sector is the engine of the economy, not government. Bailouts of government remove money from private sector investment.
2. Bad behavior should not be rewarded.
3. If a company or nation or state government fails, let it fail. This will discourage others from making their mistakes. Otherwise, everyone expects a bailout when a financial crisis hits. Markets will recover if government doesn’t meddle and manipulate.
It’s time we recognized, as someone has suggested, that this Administration itself is a special interest that mainly acts in its own behalf and for its own benefit. They pay off political supporters, and decimate the private sector. Their goal is increased government power and a fascist-socialist political and social structure.
I hope Mr. Hoyer and his colleagues will stop this mistake before it starts. But more of Obama’s rewards for bad behavior are sure to follow.
 Investors Business Daily Editorials, “Buoying Bureaucracy,” 06/14/2010.
 Patrick J. Buchanan, “Bailouts for the Political Class?” 06/14/2010, The American Conservative.