According to a recent article, published April 3, the president told a group of bankers, “My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.” His topic of conversation? The recent bank “bail out.” During the meeting, some of the bank CEOs urged the president to let them give back to the government the state money that they had accepted. The president refused.
The bankers realize that they have landed on flypaper. Of course the people are angry; the state has stolen from them (Exodus 20:15 cf. 1 Samuel 8:11-18). It has reverse robin-hooded them, taking from the poor to give to the rich. Only, the rich would like to give the money back to Robin. He insists that they keep it.
In a government structured as the present United State, crises are opportunities for state expansion. They are moments of opportunity. As the German saying goes, opportunity makes thieves. Again and again we see the classic sequence: the state creates the problem, and then presents itself as solution to the problem.
End result? Larger government, initial problem remains unsolved, and now lifeblood is leached out of the veins of the only productive part of the economy—the free market—in order to pay for the new agency which proves incapable of solving the problem. The cure is worse than the disease.
Recent administrations of both parties have added new layers of state bureaucracy and will add more, until the whole edifice comes crashing down. “Between” the bankers and the pitchforks? Fail. It would have been more accurate to have said, “My administration is hastening the pitchforks.”