New Lenox, IL—On Wednesday, June 16, the head of the Will County Center for Economic Development hosted an economic development update breakfast to share good news and bad news. John Grueling reported some terrific numbers on economic development. The good news came from none other than the U.S. Census Bureau. The bad news is the good news came from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Greuling wants everyone to have hope because the Census reported there are now 9.34% more jobs in Will County than before the recession was even acknowledged! Assuming the bureaucracy is run by really good people—and manages to be the first federal government endeavor to say it accomplished its mission accurately—the numbers would have some significance to an economist. Unfortunately, they do not.
The goal of the Census is, or at least is supposed to be, to get an accurate count of people in order to provide equal representation in Congress. Today, it is used to gerrymander voting districts in favor of a political party, collect data on a myriad of facets of life, fudge numbers in order to protect the economic credibility of the status quo, and bring home the bacon from our sugar daddies in Springfield and Washington.
The workers for the 2010 U.S. Census are probably not bad people and not responsible for most of the immoralities committed using the information they gather. It is easy to understand why so many people are willing to take the job. Funding for schools, the fiscal survival of the State of Illinois, and money from a plethora of government agencies are on the line.
Good intentions or not, the Census data will fuel our representatives’ recklessness to fuel the most financially irresponsible government in the history of the planet. Until we are ready to admit that we need to rethink the role of government in our lives and our economy, we will suffer like the drug addict selling his property for another fix.
Credibility is hard to find. The following (pdf) is from Greuling’s pitch for wheeling and dealing with the Will County bureaucracy for permission to do business before he found out the economy was about to start following the laws of economics:
Much of Will County’s current economic prosperity is, ironically, caused by the off-shoring of manufactured consumer goods. While the U.S. has struggled with the loss of manufacturing to other countries, Will County once again is benefiting from its location and unique position in the new global supply chain.
Maybe at the next breakfast update somebody will ask him if it may have been a better idea to utilize Will County’s blessings. We live in a Midwest hub for distribution, which acts as a kind of insurance policy for the clear and present problems with the economy.
The good news is adherence to the philosophy of liberty—socially and economically—is sustainable. When the politicos, of whatever flavor, destroy what is the one of the most prosperous countries in the world, the people will be looking for an answer.
Naturally, it is hoped, our representatives will look to the founding principles that led to the greatest expansion of wealth and happiness in history. Until then people should do whatever they can to change the system. This cannot be achieved by voting for evil to replace it with a slightly lesser evil; that just perpetuates the status quo[1, 2].
If you are ready to learn more about or advance the philosophy of sustainable government, join the Will County Libertarians on the third Wednesday of every month at The Charleyhorse Restaurant in New Lenox at 7:00 P.M. For more information, contact [email protected] or join Will County Libertarians on facebook.