Politicians in Europe have spent decades creating a fiscal crisis by violating Mitchell’s Golden Rule and letting government grow faster than the private sector.
As a result, government is far too big today, and nations such as Greece are in the process of fiscal collapse.
But that’s the good news — at least relatively speaking. Over the next few decades, the problems will get much worse because of demographic change and unsustainable promises to spend other people’s money.
(By the way, America will suffer the same fate in the absence of reforms.)
Here’s one stark indicator of why Greece is in the toilet.
Look at the skyrocketing number of people riding in the wagon of government dependency (and look at these cartoons to understand why this is so debilitating).
By the way, Greece’s population only increased by a bit more than 16 percent during this period. Yet the number of bureaucrats jumped by far more than 100 percent.
And don’t forget that this chart just looks at the number of bureaucrats, not their excessive pay and bloated pensions.
Mitchell is right, of course. Bloated government is the catalyst of, rather than a remedy for, a diseased economy. In the end, though, no matter how much evidence is proffered in support of this truth, big government proponents will dismiss it as a false creation proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain of conservatives.
Oh, how right Eric Hoffer was when he said, ‘”facts are counter-revolutionary.”