Take a moment to ponder the hypocrisy of the angry demonstrators who think they lost something big last week. The Constitution and our free society honor their right to protest. They have the freedom to voice dissatisfaction after losing a completely legitimate election. What doesn’t make sense is why they would use this freedom to demand reforms that will make them slaves to government.
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.
Why are we so vulnerable? We are becoming a nation of sitting ducks waiting to be plucked. Even if Americans are easy marks does that make saving us from ourselves a job for the Federal Government? We should be smart enough not to burn our hands on the stove.
Saving ourselves isn’t about terrorism, an international cyberattack, or catastrophic global warming.
Before Trump accusers came out of the media woodwork, offensive and demeaning talk inspired Democrats to make vulgarity the focal point of why they should own the White House. There are all types of vulgarity. Democrats aren’t very good at recognizing it when it comes from one of their own, including the president when he recently talked about taking care of people:
And it [assistance during North Carolina floods] is a reminder of what we do here in America, which is we have to look out for one another no matter what.
America is getting old fast. Too fast. The most recent estimate puts the 65 and older crowd at 44.7 million.1 That number is on track to more than double to 98.2 million by 2060.2 Too many planning to hang up the working life have to ask a question that will decide whether the rest of their years will be spent in happy relaxation or greeting customers at the local discount store: how do I retire with no money?
When our government does something wrong we like to know about it, if only because it affirms what we already suspect. Government has a name for admitting mistakes. It’s called “transparency,” a word that makes you think something is going to get fixed when it isn’t.
Reform is not what transparency is about. Too often transparency is used to tell us that something is going to happen that we don’t approve of.