The problem with "style editors" and incendiary bomb throwers who attack other folks who post and not the message they deliver is age and upbringing. Anyone who lived through the Great Depression or had relatives who were common, working folks during that time know that the message parroted in certain sectors of the media is a device to attract viewers, readers and listeners. It's "entertainment". Bless their hearts, they're unable to differentiate.
The outcry for small government and low taxes is a sham that appeals only to the foolish and the unthinking. Perhaps politicians find hope in opinion polls that indicate a majority of Americans give lip service to the notion. Don’t be fooled, Americans are unwilling to give up the advantages conferred by big government and substantial taxes. Even the rabid obstructionists in Congress are reluctant to identify any specific, significant cuts to federal programs; instead they demand percentage cuts that would force the President to decide the specifics.
We had small government and low taxes before FDR was elected President. Then, only a minority of Americans lived comfortably in the fashion of the day, on the “right” side of the street. Most rural Americans lived in shabby houses without electricity and running water. They earned a meager living laboring from dawn to dusk. Urban Americans lived in tenements and slums. They worked in dangerous factories and sweat shops. Few anywhere had access to higher education and effective health care. There was no protection hazards of the workplace, unsafe food, drugs and unscrupulous business practices. The elderly were dependent on their children, charity or the church for financial support.
After the nation was brought to its knees by unrestrained financial speculation resulting in deep depression (sound familiar), Americans decided on a new beginning. One where government would enable, not just burden citizens. A rural electrification program was initiated to ease the difficulties and even the playing field for those living in rural areas. An unintended consequence was it also made farming more efficient. A massive hydroelectric infrastructure was built to provide power for farms and industry. Social Security and eventually Medicare were introduced to free the elderly from economic dependence on their children and charity. Reducing the burden of elder support on working-age adults. After World War II, the GI Bill made college education available to millions, gave rise to an extensive system of higher education, and made America the world leader in research and innovation. Under the last enlightened Republican President, an interstate highway system was built to link the nation together and promote interstate and international commerce.
Brush up on American history! Learn about the living conditions under small government with low taxes. You’ll demand all the government we can afford, and even more if money can be borrowed at a reasonable rate of interest. Small government is for backward nations and primitive peoples.
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