The Government Party
The Democratic party is no longer the defender of “the little guy.”

New Jersey public employee union members rally in Trenton, June 20, 2011.


The millennial generation is also a big loser in this system. Because there is never enough taxpayer money to support all the Government party’s ambitions, its rule entails the accumulation of immense debts that will be handed off to the younger generation. Rising debt levels will be used to justify higher taxes, as we’ve already seen both in Sacramento and in Washington, D.C. And since higher taxes will suppress economic growth but won’t come close to paying off our exploding debt, the next generation can expect drastic cuts in government services and entitlement benefits to accompany their higher tax burden. The resulting economic damage suits the purposes of the Government party, since declining job opportunities in the private sector will drive more people into government jobs and into the party’s ranks.

It should be noted that Hispanics, whom the Government party views as a permanent constituency, will be particularly hard hit. In California, Hispanic farmers and farm workers alike are suffering from our government-induced drought; like all hard-working Californians, they are subject to sky-high electric bills and gas prices due to “green” energy regulations; and their prospects for future employment and upward mobility are diminished by the exodus of businesses to other states. As the private sector shrivels, joining the government caste becomes the only way for Hispanics and other immigrants to earn a decent living.

Vast swaths of our nation reject the debt-ridden crony capitalism of the Government party. Yet the aspirations of residents in these areas, especially in rural and suburban America, are outweighed by the demands of the Government party’s client base in the big cities that dominate elections. Constantly in need of more taxpayer money, the alliance of unions, leftists, and rent-seeking corporations ensures that taxpayer largesse flows freely to the cities they control, leaving behind unsustainable debts that ensnare us all.

Although some groups are happily receiving more than their fair share of taxpayer dollars courtesy of the Government party, they should reflect on the grim future in store for us when this system exhausts itself. We can’t tax and borrow our way to prosperity; the endpoint of our current trajectory is not affluence but national insolvency. At that point we will stop debating whether to restrain spending, because our creditors will impose the most severe and far-reaching restraint upon us. You can ask the Greeks how that feels, as their creditors have insisted on harsh austerity measures in reaction to their government’s fiscal crisis. According to the Associated Press, “In a country where about 1,000 people lose their jobs each day, legions more are still employed but haven’t seen a paycheck in months. . . . Those who have jobs that pay on time consider themselves the exception to the rule.”

In the end, nearly everyone will suffer under Government-party rule. The poor may think they’re beholden to the party and its promises of free education, free health care, and myriad free government services, but in reality, the evisceration of the private sector is wiping out their path to prosperity. And the government caste may think its pensions and perks are untouchable, but when the diminishing private sector can no longer provide enough tax revenues to cover these costs, simple mathematics dictates that these benefits will be drastically cut, if not eliminated entirely.

The American people deserve a government that serves their interests instead of pursuing its own. As the Government party in big cities demands an ever-growing share of a dwindling pool of wealth, it’s up to the rest of us, especially in suburban and rural America, to support lawmakers and policies that allow for the creation of wealth, not its redistribution.

— Devin Nunes, the U.S. representative for California’s 22nd congressional district, is Trade Subcommittee chairman on the Ways and Means Committee as well as a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.