Thursday, November 15, 2012

Government mission creep

Our nation's founders established a constitutionally-limited central government with the idea that the proper role of government is limited to securing or protecting our rights. They designed a constitution that left most governing to the States and to the People themselves. (Wouldn't it be nice if we, the People, would simply govern ourselves?)

Then, do-gooders expanded government to a vague "the role of government is to do for the people what they can't do for themselves".

That further evolved into the government wanting to do everything for everyone. Give a bureaucrat a job and he'll soon find a way expand and perpetuate it beyond all original intent.

Here's one more of countless examples:

The Leisure Services Department of Cedar City, Utah is hiring a tumbling instructor to go along with other taxpayer-funded leisure activities that include archery, basketball, swimming, kayaks, golf, zumba, and theater.

Every town in America has a long list of similar examples of government mission creep. C'mon! Are any of these activities really "things the people can't do for themselves" or that couldn't be satisfied through private enterprise?

How can an entrepreneur possibly expect to be successful when he must compete with the taxpayer-subsidized deep pockets of his own government?

We need smarter voters!

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