It’s been a long time coming but Democrats own the House today. They’re ready to make big waves in Washington after riding in with the usual enthusiasm we hear whenever party leadership changes. Later the optimism will fizzle as lawmakers get down to the nuts and bolts reality of doing nothing.
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.