What we’re up against

A Pennsylvania five-year old has been suspended from kindergarten for telling a friend she intended to shoot her with a pink plastic “Hello Kitty” squirt gun that discharges soap bubbles.  School officials characterized this as “a terroristic threat,” later reducing the accusation to “threatening to harm another student.”

What’s this have to do with the Club for Growth agenda of economic freedom?

It’s an unparalleled example of the debilitated capacity of civil institutions to comprehend, much less apply, standards of personal responsibility and accountability. In an America with half its households receiving income transferred from the other half, at the direction of government, this presents a formidable challenge.

We’re at least three decades deep into a civic environment where timid authorities, paralyzed by the thought of suppressing actual bad behavior, resort to absurd demonstrations of force against whoever they can safely push around, to prove they are to be taken seriously.

The bill comes due when the only thing demonstrated is profound stupidity, exposing an unfitness to respond in any useful way should a genuine problem—say decaying math or literacy skills—arise. Closing the circle on the societal and economic consequences, it’s important to note that such incompetence is found to occur in conjunction with a legacy of government union dominance.

Reinvigorating the U.S. economy is a task made infinitely more complicated by civil institutions that lack the judgment—not to mention the moral confidence—to differentiate between children blowing soap bubbles and “terroristic threats.”

Getting the big things right requires first getting the little things right. There’s at least a generation’s work to do on the little things.


About Wisconsin Club for Growth
The Club for Growth is a national network of over 40,000 men and women, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. Wisconsin Club for Growth, Inc. is dedicated to informing, educating and rallying citizens of Wisconsin to embrace and enact policies that lead to sustained economic growth, limited government, and minimal taxation. Wisconsin Club for Growth can and will have an enormous impact on the direction of our state. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes that effective lobbying is done at all stages of the budget cycle, including when our leaders make public promises and can be encouraged to support policies that spur economic growth. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes we must support pro-growth policies and encourage public officials with backbones to remain truly committed to making our economy and our state stronger. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes our leaders must stand up to the tax and spend mentality in Madison and work tirelessly to cut taxes and unleash the power of the free-market.

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