Government Inc. leads to red ink for small business
(Augusta Free Enterprise) -- by Rep. Bob Goodlatte --
Four years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the now-notorious case of Kelo v. City of New London, which authorized the government to take private property from individuals for nearly any reason under the guise of eminent domain, even to give to other private individuals or entities. The public outcry over this decision was so great that it forced states to enact laws to significantly rein in their own eminent domain powers.
Unfortunately, House Democrats did not learn the lessons of the Kelo decision. A few weeks ago, they passed H.R. 4173, the so-called “Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.” This bill would allow a team of federal bureaucrats to decide that a private business poses a risk to the economy. Incredibly, the bill then allows the federal government to take over that private business and even gives the government the right to sell off the business’ assets. What’s worse, to pay for these takeovers, the bill sets up a permanent $150 billion slush fund.
While the alleged purpose of this bill is to prevent a concentration of money and power in a small number of large corporations, the bill would have the opposite effect. Knowing that the federal government will swoop in and take over any companies that it deems “too big to fail,” creditors and investors will be drawn to lend money to the largest corporations because of the implied guarantee that the federal government will step in to repay these loans. The flow of capital will thus go to the largest corporations rather than where the money is really needed – small businesses and entrepreneurs, which are the true innovators and job creators of the U.S. economy...MORE...LINK