Government is at best, AT BEST, a necessary evil. As it’s evil, and we do not use that word lightly, it should be as small as possible.
This is not to say that problems in society shouldn’t be addressed. Indeed they should, but they for the very large part should be solved within the private sector.
Not only SHOULD they be solved in the private sector, the solutions themselves will almost always be better if they are solved in the private sector. They will cost less. They will be more efficient.
However, people in government like to expand government. Expanding the state gives them more power, and often enriches them. Over time these cronies enlist junior partners (think teacher’s unions and the like) to expand the state more. And then the blob just gets bigger and bigger as the net income of taxpayers gets smaller and smaller in relative terms.
Just 18 percent of Americans “say they trust the federal government to do what is right just about always or most of the time,” Pew polling found this year.
And “Americans still see big government as top threat” facing the country, Gallup continues to report, year after year.
On a day-to-day basis government is the BIGGEST potential threat to most American citizens. The power to tax is the power to destroy. So is the power to regulate.
We have let the government get so big that it invades every nook and cranny of life. This was not how the United States was supposed to be. We were founded on the principles of liberty, dignity for the everyday person, and property rights. We lose sight of these principles at our peril.
But perhaps the “girl from hedge fund country,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, and Bernie Sanders can show us why the founders were wrong. (Lord help us.) Because the two socialists clearly are so knowledgeable on economic matters. It’s not like both of them have always aspired to live off the public sector (taxpayers) or anything.