The inspiration for his latest screed was to respond to a recent Civitas blog post highlighting the “summer of hell” being experienced by subway users in New York in DC. Schofield was noticeably upset that anyone dares criticize such cherished “public” projects. In so doing, he confirms that “progressives” wholeheartedly support big business and big government in bed together, with the lowly
serfs taxpayers picking up the tab. He fondly describes it as such:
For much of the 20th Century, large scale public works – like mass transit systems – were the kinds of public-private partnerships that won the support of many a billionaire business leader.
Of course, such projects won the support of billionaire business leaders! They received millions in taxpayer dollars via government subsidies and contracts, enriching themselves at taxpayer expense. So much for opposing the one percent.
Moreover, such projects commandeer more of the economy’s scarce resources for politically-directed uses leaving fewer to be directed by consumer preferences. More power is concentrated in the hands of the powerful political class.
He then proceeds to lament that opponents of such crony, corruption-inducing boondoggles “simply can’t grasp or even imagine that more and better public services and societal cooperation can lead to more freedom for more people.”
Most people outgrow this cartoonish caricature of government as a virtuous solver of problems presented to us in our 7th-grade civics textbooks. But not Schofield.
Government forcing taxpayers to fund government crony deals to enrich billionaire business owners is not any sane person’s definition of “societal cooperation.” It is indeed the opposite. It represents the political class exploiting voiceless taxpayers to enrich their wealthy cronies. This is what Schofield describes as the “common good.”