Clinton added: "We can't go back to a time when our citizens were just left to fend for themselves." That has always been a false choice. The issue is what is government's responsibility and what is the responsibility of the individual?
The Founders wanted government to be limited so the people would be unlimited in their pursuit of whatever made them happy. Today's government thinks it can make people happy by dishing out gobs of cash with no end in sight. It is a form of vote buying designed to keep politicians in office, enjoying benefits unique to them.
Here's the way it seems to work today: If you work hard, don't take drugs, live within your means, get married before having children and stay married, and operate your business with integrity, you are penalized with regulations and ever-higher taxes to pay for those who live irresponsibly, or who embrace "victimhood."
No, we don't want everyone to "fend for themselves," but if government is to be involved in the lives of the poor, for example, the objective should be to help them become self-sustaining so they no longer need government. And if they continue to make wrong decisions harmful to themselves and to the country there should be consequences, not subsidies, to bring them to their senses.
The Journal story reminds readers of previous crises, when government expanded to meet military and civilian needs, but only partially returned to its constitutional boundaries when the threats ended. When people become addicted to government and see it as a cash machine, they become hooked.
Politicians then seek to outbid each other to prove their "compassion" and the debt grows with no end point. Massive debt has contributed to the collapse of great empires and superpowers in the past and there is no guarantee the
I have long argued, as former Speaker of the House
There are so many outmoded, irrelevant and unnecessary government agencies and programs. The commission could start with the most extreme and laughable ones. Then, it could move on to entitlement programs that are desperately in need of reform. That's what occurred with the
If we don't do something to reverse the debt, other than raising taxes on the productive in order for