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Too Much Government Will Kill Us

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 11:19 AM Current | Bio | Archive

President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech highlighted some significant truths when it comes to our political leadership emanating from Washington, D.C.

He admitted that Washington doesn’t work and the American people don’t trust politicians. A lot of the budget cuts of last year have been eliminated — and consequently more money will need to be borrowed. Wages are stagnant, inequality has deepened.

Other tidbits included:

  • “The point is, there are millions of Americans outside Washington who are tired of stale political arguments…”
  • “…Our tax code is riddled with wasteful, complicated loopholes that punish businesses investing here…”
  • “…To free other nations of tyranny and fear…”
  • “…Equality under the law…”
The logic of government can be understood in its approach to equality before the law. As for equality, everyone who is not given preference is equal.

You see, without preferences, then some preferred special-interest groups would just not be equal to people not given a preference. Using this sort of reasoning, billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars have been paid out.

It just hasn’t mattered which party controls which part of Congress or the presidency — every year, more money gets spent than generated tax revenue. The debt just grows and grows. As do the interest payments required.

On reflection, the State of the Union speech and the Republican reply just confirm my belief that politicians are disconnected from the same reality that the rest of us experience. The problem being their delusions become law, which has real consequences for all.

It seems to me to be entirely reasonable to say our own government is poisoning us. The body politic is collapsing — suffering from grave illnesses.

We have many examples from the 20th century of economies dying because of bad
political leadership and tyrannical policies which drained the vitality of its people.

Excessive taxes and the oppression necessary to enforce them caused revolutions.

Over-regulation led to fiscal and social stagnation, and then degradation, resulting in political leaders using war as a way out of their dilemma. It never worked.

Hey, wait a second, that’s happening here right now.

What should our politicians — our government — be doing?

There are two primary functions of the federal government: to make the United States safe from foreign enemies and to protect personal liberties as noted in the Constitution and its amendments.

Judging by all the security needed we needed at the Super Bowl, obviously we are not safe.

As for personal liberty, we have none. The government is in every aspect of your personal life.

You have no rights when it comes to matters that may be financial, medical, psychological, etc.

Constitutional freedoms, the Supreme Court tells us, are subject to reasonable regulation.

When in doubt, the Court says deference is to be given to the government because they are protecting us from our enemies and regulating our liberties so they can be protected.

The United States is in danger. Major powers have fallen virtually overnight. But the danger facing the United States is not the enemy from without.

The danger facing the United States is the enemy of excessive government within.

There is a solution.

Milton Friedman, the University of Chicago economist, pointed it out in an essay called “Why Government is the Problem.”

His solution was term limits.

Term limits was Friedman’s recommended solution to excessive government then, and it is still the solution to excessive government now.

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