Smaller government is better government

newsroom@islandpacket.comApril 14, 2014 

Our federal government's failures and dysfunction support President Thomas Jefferson's inaugural statement, "Government is best which governs least" and President Ronald Reagan's, "Government is not a solution to our problems, government is the problem!"

Many economists charge that big government interferes with the mechanics of free enterprise. It is bureaucratic, inefficient, intrusive, often corrupt and lacks the checks and balances needed for the exercise of power. It also serves special interests to the detriment of its citizens. A recent Gallup Poll found that 64 percent of Americans believe big government is a larger threat than big business or labor. More than half of Americans receive a substantial portion of their income from the government while $92 billion a year goes to businesses in direct government grants and subsidies. No wonder we have the largest debt in history.

So is our government too big and out of control? Shouldn't it operate like a business, based on a business plan, utilizing zero-based budgeting and void of inefficiency, waste and non-productive employees? Resized to fit what we are willing and able to pay for?

Bottom line, we must demand that our leaders and representatives run our government more efficiently, adhering to the best principles and standards of successful private enterprises.

Earle Everett

Moss Creek

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