Add cybersecurity to the list of things politicians have talked about for years and never get around to doing. Why? Our government has proved time and again that it has trouble with technology. When Uncle Sam gets involved with computers he has problems (see: Uncle Sam Is No Geek), a troubling thought considering the cyber attack warnings we are hearing.
It doesn’t matter whether a Democrat or Republican is in the White House. Big government keeps getting bigger. Democrats grow government for their special reasons. Republicans grow it for theirs. The result is a bureaucratic monstrosity that costs too much and can’t be controlled.
Obama: big government divides and conquers
The largest big government intervention in years was the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The bill raised questions on everything from individual liberty to separation of church and state.
Under Obama we saw the dark side of big government with scandals like the IRS targeting of conservatives, collection of Associated Press phone records by the Department of Justice, and domestic spying by the NSA.
Divisive questions were raised about the reach of big government that ranged from the abuse of presidential power to the people’s dependence on a welfare state to whether Congress or the president decides who crosses our borders. These questions were never answered.
Now they are Donald Trump’s problem.
Trump: big government for conservative purposes
President Trump has his own ideas about big government from the other side of the ideological fence, but his agenda is endlessly complicated by a GOP that can’t agree to get along.
The failure of conservative big government health care made it appallingly obvious that Republicans are not nearly as adept at running our lives as their Democratic opponents. Now we’re on to tax reform. America will discover where conservatives draw the line between what we keep and what we are forced to hand over to Uncle Sam.
What is the Big Government category about?
Big government category topics include privacy, accountability, law enforcement, and Congress’s love of juggernauts. One thing is certain. As long as the people have something to gain from big government control, Washington will just keep growing.
Sarah Palin raised the ire of critics, and even a few of her allies, after showing up at a Pennsylvania school in November, cookies in hand, to make a point about government regulation in Michelle Obama’s “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.” Even conservative Mike Huckabee sided with Team Obama, suggesting that Ms. Palin missed the point of the bill.