Government — What’s It Good For?

John Stossel describes how we got into our current mess and how we make it worse by continuing to try and solve everything via government:

Can Government Do Anything Well? By John Stossel

I’m suspicious of superstitions, like astrology or the belief that “green jobs will fix the environment and the economy.” I understand the appeal of such beliefs. People crave simple answers and want to believe that some higher power determines our fates.

The most socially destructive superstition of all is the intuitively appealing belief that problems are best solved by government.

Opinion polls suggest that Americans are dissatisfied with government. Yet whenever another crisis hits, the natural human instinct is to say, “Why doesn’t the government do something?”

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  1. Eliminate 70% of the administrative agencies and bureaus in the Federal Executive branch. Recess Congress for two months every four months to reduce their time to make more laws. Limit the number of laws that can be passed in on four month session. Their assignment, by law is to reduce the laws passed already. Two terms for Reps. and two terms for Senators. Change the civil service laws to prevent career incompetents and preferential treatment that ignores merit for new hires and promotions. End the financial gravy train of salaries and benefits for civil servants and the legislators. Do the same in the 50 states.

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