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Administration Demonstrates the Evil of Big Government – Larry Elder

By Larry Elder

The scandals surrounding the Obama administration come down to one common theme — that the ever-growing size and scope of our federal government gives it enormous power over virtually every aspect of our lives, power that in the wrong hands can be used to reward supporters, exact revenge and punish enemies. In education, health care, transportation, energy, disaster relief, welfare, commerce, work and salary rules, and on and on, the federal government plays an outsized role completely inconsistent with the Founding Fathers’ notion of a limited government that allows maximum personal liberty.

… On what basis should Americans — especially those who did not vote for Barack Obama — feel that the President will guard their interests, especially when apparently vindictive actions have been taken under his watch?

… No. Let’s agree that neither side trusts “the other side.” Let’s agree that neither side thinks much of the goals and motives of their political opponents. Let’s agree that the bigger the government, the more money and power it takes from its citizens. So where does this leave us? It takes us back to a founding principle of this country: limited government. By reducing the size of government, we limit the amount of damage “the other side” can do when in charge.

It isn’t that smaller government is more trustworthy or transparent. Among other attributes, a smaller government allows the commander in chief to focus on job one — protecting the American people against enemies. For both Obama-haters and Bush-haters, a smaller government reduces the amount of influence and control the “wrong side” has over the other — a win-win.

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