posted on Feb, 5 2015 @ 01:45 PM
With all the political debates going on, I've been doing some thinking on just what constitutes smaller government.
Even though I consider myself a liberal, I certainly don't like being spied upon by NSA, etc. I don't like experiences like being groped and going
through "special screening" by the TSA just because I changed my flight. And I don't like the heavy hand of the IRS taxing me into oblivion.
Having said that, I hear many conservatives/libertarians say they would like smaller government. Now there are many different branches of government.
What I want to discuss is state/county/local/municipal government.
I feel that many of take for granted just how much our local government agencies do for us. For example, the county I live in has many services that
would be very bad to eliminate. I live in an area that experiences harsh winters. I wouldn't want to have to take my own life into my hands every
time I drive somewhere. If snow plowing were eliminated, we would be in deep snow.
I hesitate to think of not having emergency management services that tell us when severe weather is coming our way. I feel it makes a huge
What about human services? Yeah, I'm biased as I work for my county human services. I never had a clue just how much they do for the community.
Let's say you're going through a difficult time and have found yourself jobless, with no money, maybe about to be evicted because you cannot pay
your rent. You can go to human services and sign up for foodstamps, emergency rental assistance, and assistance with finding a job.
You see someone beating the crap out of their kid/spouse/elderly relative. You can call child protection services or adult services anonymously, and
it'll be checked into. It would be a shame if that didn't exist. You would just shrug and think "well damn that sucks". The county I live in
operates a top notch nursing home facility. They also own and operate our expanding regional airport.
Cities and counties, as well as the state have police. What if that were eliminated? I shudder to think about that.
My whole point is that those who want "smaller government" maybe take all the things our state/county/city/municipality government people do for
granted. Being taxpayers, we are paying for these valuable services. Yeah, maybe they could be contracted out. That has been tried mostly with
I forget what state tried this, but one of the state attempted to contract out all human services economic support things to a private contractor.
What happened is after less than a year, the private contractor was hemorghaging money, thousands of people got screwed out of their benefits, and a
very expensive lawsuit ensued, with the state taking control back.
I'd like to know what you all think of this. It would be especially nice to hear the conservative point of view. Agree? Disagree?
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