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October 18, 2012

Is government too big?

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“The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning-knife.”

Thomas Jefferson to Spencer Roane, 1821

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  1. Many people complain that government is too big but what’s the alternative? People need help and the government is here to provide assistance, not handouts. But assistance costs money. If someone can give me a logical alternative to big government I would be happy to entertain the new idea.

  2. Jefferson’s words could not be more relevant than today as we stand on the precipice of another economic abyss. We simply cannot afford to maintain this monster and it is long overdue to cut it down to size. The logical alternative to big government is small government.

    Would people need assistance if they were not taxed to death? People are taxed directly, via their paychecks, and indirectly at the grocery store, the auto dealership, and at the gasoline pump, etc., by the cost of big government as the taxes & regulations (and the cost of compliance to increasingly byzantine regulations) levied upon business are passed on to the ever-suffering consumer. I think that people are more than capable of taking care of themselves and do not require Big Brother to wipe their nose, give them a cookie, and tuck them in at night.

    A final idea to consider is if government is big, it means that it needs something to do. When it needs something to do, a citizen’s life, personal liberty, and property are at risk.


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