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November 22, 2013

“. . . Government is the Problem . . . Really?”

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 9:52 am
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Newly-elected President, Ronald Reagan began the absurd conservative jihad against our own government with his famous quote: “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” coining the rallying cry for conservatives ever since. And their campaign is working. Merely look at the approval rating of the Federal Congress over the last decade. One of the two parties has a stated goal of reducing the size of the Federal Government. One of the two parties has an interest in discrediting government in general, while they are using it in specific to advance their goals.

But stop for a moment and ask yourself, what if it were true? What if government is the problem? There are two approaches to a solution: one is to fix the government so that it works better than ever before. The other is to shrink the government to it’s smallest state so it can do the least harm.

“What if government is the problem?
There are two approaches to a solution: one is to fix the government so that it works better than ever before.
The other is to shrink the government to it’s smallest state so it can do the least harm.”

It is clear that the Republicans are taking the latter path. The shame in this is that other democratic countries seem to be doing quite well at self-governance. Consider the Scandinavian countries as examples. But if we take the second path, we are tacitly admitting that the American experiment in self-governance has failed, that we cannot do what the Finns and the Danes have done; that we are not capable of healthy self-governance. And we started this whole thing!

I have never seen anything so un-American as the current Republican campaign against our self-governance. It is the opposite of “can do;” it is an admission of “can’t do,” and it is shameful. The most shameful aspect of it is it is being done for money, just money.

Shameful.

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5 Comments »

  1. The first option is what we should geared towards but with the efforts of a government manned by corporate cronyism we get uninformed TeaParty types blaming everything on the government or at a minimum accusing the Democrats only for what crony capitalism they see going on in D.C.

    Comment by lbwoodgate — November 22, 2013 @ 10:07 am | Reply

    • Yeah and we need to fix that and the only way I can see that happening is to get the money out of politics.

      There seems to be no limit to what a campaign can spend and, hence, to what monies they want to raise. Since Congressment spend 60% of their time raising funds, possibly the only limit is if they were to spend 100% of their time doing that. They seem to think that political commercials win elections. It would be nice if that weren’t true. I would like to see them banned as a distortion of the process.

      PS We’ve moved (again)! Just change the Apt # from 28C to 17A (110 feet down and about 30 feet east). Effective Date: October 1, 2013

      *Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.* ************** Steve Ruis

      Comment by stephenpruis — November 22, 2013 @ 10:14 am | Reply

      • There’s a great piece by Yves Smith over at the naked capitalism blog called The Skunk Manifesto that lays matters out very well in not only how we have achieved Grover Norquist’s dream of shrinking government but what needs to be done to turn things around. Lengthy but worth the read.

        Comment by lbwoodgate — November 22, 2013 @ 10:19 am | Reply

        • Thanks!

          PS We’ve moved (again)! Just change the Apt # from 28C to 17A (110 feet down and about 30 feet east). Effective Date: October 1, 2013

          *Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.* ************** Steve Ruis

          Comment by stephenpruis — November 22, 2013 @ 10:22 am | Reply

  2. Once again, you’ve landed a brilliant slogan which the Dems should adopt. Seriously, you’re very good at this… better than anyone presently writing copy for the democrats.

    Comment by john zande — November 22, 2013 @ 1:19 pm | Reply


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