Gut Rumbles
 

January 26, 2004

what? we're being told lies?

With our tireless watchdog media out there diligently seprating fact from fictiom for 24 hours every day, how can we still be so full of shit in that we believe? Either the watchdogs aren't doing their jobs, ot else were're just plain stupid.

Myth No. 6 — Republicans Shrink the Government

Republicans always trot out the slogan that they oppose big government and want to shrink the federal payroll. President Bush tells us that "big government is not the answer." President Reagan told us, "Our government is too big and it spends too much."

But for more than 75 years, no Republican administration has cut the size of government. Since George W. Bush became president, government spending has risen nearly 25 percent.

And the spending increase isn't just tied to the war on terrorism. The Office of Management and Budget says spending at the Environmental Protection Agency is up 12 percent, it's up 14 percent at the Agriculture Department, 30 percent at the Department of the Interior, 64 percent at the Department of Labor, and 70 percent at the Department of Education.

And the pork keeps pouring out. Even the Peanut Festival in Dothan, Ala., got $200,000. Republican congressman Terry Everett got them the money. He wouldn't talk to us about it. But the locals said they like getting your money. "I think it's a waste of money, but if they're going to waste money, I guess it's better to waste it here than anywhere else," one man told me.

Economist Stephen Moore, a Republican, says, "We fought a war against big government and you know what? Big government won."

He noted, "You look at what's happened to the government in the 10 years since the Republicans took control of Congress, the government is twice as big."

Thta's one of my favorites, but there are a lot more.


Comments

Big surprise. Never in the history of the world has a government gotten smaller. Doesn't make any difference which idiot we elected to any office. Might be time to start all over again.

Posted by: James on January 26, 2004 10:48 AM

No, this isn't a surprise. I think I know why. When the nation first started, governing it was an additional duty for otherwise busy men who had their own farms and businesses to run. They ran the government with a minimum of time and money invested in their efforts. If they had extra time, they put it into defining the philosophy of governance.

Today, the Government IS big business. It is the biggest employer, the biggest investor and the biggest regulator. Recently, all our government's managers have taken courses in business administration, so they run the government like a business would be run. In business, the leader(s) want to GROW their business above all else. Growth means not just survival, but profit, respect and power also.

James is correct, we are going to have to do this all over again if we are to have any results. The only way government can be shrunken down to a proper size is to reconstitute it's form entirely. This will not be easy, first, because a war would have to be fought to defeat the supporters of the status quo, who would defend their system to the bitter end, and second, because we have no idea now what form of government we want, and arriving at that framework could be quite messy also.

What CAN be predicted is that nothing will change before the system we live in is scrapped. Big government has gotten mature enough to know how to defend itself against idealists like Lyndon LaRouche (puts him in prison).

The reality is, the best we can hope for is to elect big-government leaders that we like and trust them not to misuse their power to do things that would make it impossible to change the government later, such as confiscating all our weapons.

For those who don't shrink from the idea of changing the government by force, the reality is that you lack the element of surprise, which is essential for any small force to overcome any large force. The big-government people are constantly after your guns precisely because they already know you would use them to kick their butts out if you could, and someday you might just get organized enough to pull it off. R2K&BA advocates all know this, which is why they put up the strong battles they do to preserve THEIR status quo.

Posted by: Rivrdog on January 26, 2004 11:27 AM

One must remember that one President did reduce the Federal workforce.

Clinton used the Department of Defence for a workforce reduction, i.e. boots on the ground, to help "reduce" the National Debt.

Posted by: Ms Anna on January 26, 2004 01:29 PM

The monster has been fed. No one who has the power has the balls to attempt shrinkage.

How 'bout the 50 MILLION for an indoor rain forest?!?!? Gotta love that one...

Posted by: Key on January 26, 2004 01:37 PM

Rob, I'm confused. Do you mean to imply that the assertion that government has doubled in size over the past 10 years is a lie?

I have no way of measuring, but the government sure as hell seems bloated to me. I'm speaking as someone who spent time working as a contractor on site at a federal agency. During the Reagan administration.

Posted by: dragonfly jenny on January 26, 2004 02:32 PM

How bout them peanuts in Dothan though. They are good peanuts. Money for nuts...that's great!

_m2
Sylacauga, AL

Posted by: _m2 on January 26, 2004 02:37 PM

The thing to bear in mind is that the smaller government crowd is just one of many factions in the Republican Party. It's neither the largest, nor, for now anyway, the most influential.
Both major parties are uneasy coallitions of disparate factions. The party that holds it's factions together the best and picks up the majority of the swing voters wins elections.
From where I'm sitting it looks as if the Bush Adminsistation is risking the loyalty of the smaller government faction in order to pick off the swing voters, after all, there is NO small government faction in the Dem Party.
Other factions are in the drivers seat right now, many of them have little or no interest in smaller, less powerful government. Social conservatives, for instance, and the Country Club faction, as well as at leat half of the war hawks. These battles are fought in the precinct and county conventions.

Posted by: Peter on January 26, 2004 08:39 PM

Meet the new Boss. Same as the old Boss.

Posted by: robert on January 27, 2004 10:05 AM

Meet the new Boss. Same as the old Boss.

Posted by: robert on January 27, 2004 10:05 AM

He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare,And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.

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