Life has taught me a few things. Some good; some bad, but one lesson that I learned - and too many people refuse to believe - is that a huge government hurts the poor.
How so? The larger the government, the more access to those willing to use the government to promote their personal agenda. It's all about numbers; the more people you can subvert, the more you can use for personal gain. The poor become pawns and they're rewarded for their ignorance with supposed efforts to help with their plight. Meanwhile, people make a living on useless programs, taxes are raised to cover the costs and those that are in the most need of every dollar they can muster, find everything they purchase is more expensive.
The middle class (I hate that phrase. Everyone in the United States is sovereign and any class system is only more politispeak.) face higher costs and they can only do everything they can to survive without the indignity of government help. The government doesn't care this happens. In fact, it's a windfall for bureaucrats and government employees. With the removal of personal liberties by the acceptance of public help, another minion is created to continue the subterfuge.
A smaller government means less intrusion, lower taxes, more opportunities and a return of power to the individual. The poor have an escape, the government stays as a public servant to those they represent and those with wealth are allowed to increase their wealth without the dishonest intervention of government. This wealth is shared by offering jobs, increasing compensation for those already working and a playing field where opportunities are for all; instead of only those with the resources to pay for the huge amounts of paperwork involved with regulations.
A government is a necessary evil to keep a large society safe, informed and regulated by necessary laws to allow justice; both for crime and equity. Allowing it to be anything else only leads to the problems the United States now faces. We are a nation of laws, but the laws should be simple, never intrude on personal liberty and kept to the minimum amount. When there are too many, and complicated by unrealistic goals, personal responsibility is removed. Bureaucrats acquire power, interpret complicated laws and mandate through administrative regulations, which create unnecessary jobs that only suck the wealth from the private citizen. This removal of wealth affects those with the least amount of money the most. While an increase in living cost is only an insignificant amount to those with resources, those in the most need of relief from dire financial conditions are faced with a cost they can't afford and their ability to escape from poverty is further removed.
A bloated government needs the poor. They use them as pawns to acquire power, manipulate resources and continue the bureaucracy. Their only hope to continue this trampling of liberty is to keep the poor ignorant, forever beholding to the scraps they allow, and successful obfuscation of their true purpose. They've been successful with this endeavor. This will never change as long as those most afflicted by their efforts continue to relish their ignorance and refuse to demand a smaller government.
In Case You've Wondered
My blog is where my wandering thoughts are interspersed with stuff I made up. So, if while reading you find yourself confused about the context, don't feel alone. I get confused, too.
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One other thing: sometimes I write words you refuse to use in front of children, or polite company, unless you have a flat tire, or hit your thumb with a hammer.
I don't use them to offend; I use them to embellish.