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Smaller government is unlikely to be seen

Out On A Limb
Ross L. Talbott
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

I watch the political conventions with mixed reactions. A lot of promises are made but if you look back at past performance, few are actually kept.

Obviously, when you are dealing with such a large and complex government as ours, it is often impossible to make good on a promise because of the manipulation and power of special interest groups.

Some of these power groups are fairly obvious, but some manage to stay virtually invisible.

If a candidate promises to create smaller government, is that a likely scenario?

Anyone with a lick of common sense and personnel responsibility understands that the greatest block to prosperity is out-of-control government.

This is not just at the federal level but has infected states, municipalities and counties.

Even business organizations and religious communities have adopted policies that amount to micromanagement.

It is common nowadays to have many “training sessions.” All sorts of licenses and permits are required.

It can take several months of hearings, studies and inspections to get the required permit.

In the meantime, due to inflation and increased fees and taxes, the final cost of a project can double.

To a major extent the problem is due to humans’ addiction to authority and power.

There is some sort of ego trip that humans get on when they can exert authority.

For instance, I asked a teenager what it was like to have a mother that was a police woman. The reply was, “Well, she’s alright until she puts on the uniform.”

Or observe the change in a volunteer fireman in or out of fire gear.

You can imagine the power trip of a government agency.

Tax collectors have been feared and hated as described in the Bible and actually as long as authority needed financial support.

I appreciate the promise of smaller government but am really pessimistic of the future reality.

Over half of the entire workforce in the U.S. is in some government employment.

Everything from local governments, the school system, the military and thousands of government agencies.

Thousands of government agencies are staffed with people on an authority trip and government dependency.

Do you really believe they could vote for smaller government?

The huge urban areas are clogged with people totally dependent on government services. Do you really believe they would vote for cuts in government?

Then also our huge legal system feeds on all the regulations, laws and lawsuits.

More than 60 percent of the lawyers in the world are in the U.S.

Do you really believe that they will vote for smaller government?

Back in happier times I moved and set hundreds of mobile homes as a business. Many of them are still setting where I blocked them.

Nowadays the government requires a licensed setup crew and a $300 inspection fee.

Do you think those trailer house blockers or the inspectors will vote for smaller government?

It only drives the cost of “affordable housing” up another $3,000 or so. Also, the occupancy is held back so there might be a few hundred bucks in motel and restaurant fees.

A friend of mine in Scotland sent me this analysis which helps put increasing government in perspective.

Pythagoras’ Theorem – 24 words

The Lord’s Prayer – 66 words

Archimedes’ Principle – 67 words

Ten Commandments – 179 words

Gettysburg Address – 286 words

US Declaration of Independence – 1,300 words

US Constitution plus 27 Amendments – 7,818 words

EU Regulations on the Sale of Cabbage – 26,911 words

That doesn’t even hold a candle to Obamacare, which is more than 2,000 pages.

Then the Supreme Court comes along and says it’s not a fee, it’s a tax.

Is there anyone out there that cares enough for freedom to pay the price?

I’ll coin a new word for Americans.

How about “freedumb”?

“Out On A Limb” appears on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle, where he is a business owner.

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