College of Political Knowledge
As the 20128 mid-terms draw closer it is time for GSFP to look at the BS that will be part of the campaigning…..most of it are lies and dog whistle topics that accomplish nothing but to get heads nodding.
I have written that one of the biggest cowards in our political society is the centrist……now I would like to touch on another political lie…….small government.
For decades the GOP has been the poster child for a small limited government…….but first define small government…. a limited government as one that exercises only the specifically named powers that its constitution assigns to it; it can also be characterized by a separation of powers and a system of checks and balances, as in the U.S. government. For example, the U.S. government is only supposed to exercise the specifically-named powers that the Constitution assigns to it; its core functions include safeguarding individual liberty and protecting private property.
Then small government means a government that minimizes its own activities.
Of course conservatives accused others of having some sort of power to design a big government tht spends all its time inserting itself into society at all levels….but is that accurate?
Let’s compare the two…….
The term “big government” stimulates plenty of images and emotions, and they’re generally negative. Words like “bureaucratic,” “inefficient,” “intrusive,” and even “corrupt” are often associated with the term. Economists charge that big government interferes with the mechanisms of free enterprise. Libertarians believe it seeks to control private or personal freedoms guaranteed by the “natural law” eloquently philosophized by John Locke and formalized in the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights. And politicians claim big government lacks checks and balances on its exercise of power, leading it to represent special interests to the detriment of its citizens.
Small government, on the other hand, is generally believed to lead to a more efficient and flexible system. “Getting government off our backs” or “getting government out of the way” are cries to return to the low-tax, no-regulation beliefs of the American Revolutionary period. The size of government envisioned by the country’s founders sought to cast off tyranny and empower small businessmen and entrepreneurs.
Now that the definitions and the comparisons have been written…let’s talk reality.
Like so many have witnessed the GOP talks a good game during elections but once they are “in control” they are anything but small government….they blow up the deficit with wars or adventurisms or high dollar programs that benefit no one but the big corporations.
For instance when GW Bush came to office he had a budget surplus to work with and by the end of year one he had started two wars and expanded the deficit…..sorry but there is nothing about the GOP that can be said to be small government.
Almost every time the GOP holds the presidency they explode the deficit and almost as sure as the sun will shine they blame the poor and entitlements for the deficit….every damn time!
The longer conservs believe the crap to further the country will slide into a deeper and deeper deficit that serves no purpose but a talking point to help elect those that will do little to fix the problem……the benefits we pay into will be attacked and lessened as it is every time they try to play the entitlements card.
Now look at the Trump years……the GOP has become no longer a small government party…..they have allowed government to expand without checks and the Repubs have said NOTHING in response to Trump…..
No longer able to claim the mantle of small government conservatism…just as it can NO longer claim the mantle of moral high ground….they have given that up to support as lying philanderer with the morals of an alley cat.
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