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John Adams Blog

The blog of The Antient and Honourable John Adams Society, Minnesota's Conservative Debating Society www.johnadamssociety.org

Friday, September 23, 2005

The Era of Big Government is Over

Welcome to the Era of Massive, All-Pervasive, Chicken-In-Every-Pot, $2000-On-Every-Debit-Card Government.

Today the Star Tribune proclaimed: "In the largest expansion of Medicare since its start 40 years ago, federal officials said Friday that scores of firms soon will begin offering drug coverage of 42 million retirees and disabled people on Medicare."

What? Did the Democrats regain power of the Executive and Legislative branches while we slept? Has HillaryCare already begun?

We were certainly asleep, unperturbed as the NeoCons oozed into all levels of government, armed with platitudes of lower taxes and smaller (or at least more efficient) government, while delivering the reverse.

I'm not the only one reaching peak levels of frustration. Even the Wall Street Journal, a close relative of the Republican Party, is about to ask for a DNA test. (See We're All in the Same Bloat)

From entitlement expansions at the federal level to socialist stadia at the local level, government spending has never been healthier.

Come November, Conservatives no longer have a reason to vote Republican, and Democrats can always rely on their own. Are we about to see a Democratic revolution? Is that all bad? Would anyone notice?

When will we hear Sen Goldwater's words repeated: "I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' 'interests,' I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can."