Respect for anything associated with government that is non-military is virtually nonexistent. Aside from loving their own benefits, opinion polls affirm that Americans’ respect for politicians and government is at all-time lows. In a country that once prided itself on American spirit and individuality, it is not difficult to understand why. Two factors are important:
- “Government-gone-wild,” characterized by unprecedented bailouts, stimuli and quantitative easings, is a primary reason. In just two years, 3 Trillion dollars was added to the federal debt. Congress, despite statutory mandate, refused to prepare a budget this year. Walter Williams observed:
The nation’s founders would be horrified by today’s congressional spending that consumes 25 percent of our GDP. Contrast that to the years 1787 to the 1920s when federal government spending never exceeded 4 percent of our GDP except in wartime. Today, federal, state and local government consumes 43 percent of what Americans produce each year.
- Government has trampled on areas once considered personal and sacrosanct. ObamaCare is the poster