Small Government to Lead Big Global Economy
Is it a fact that people want small government; or is it more accurate to say that people want effective government? We are way past the age of the Monroe doctrine. We can not be isolated as if our hemisphere were newly discovered and had a frontier as huge as the ever expanding universe.
As Americans in the 21st century we are part of a very large world and we need to wake up to the fact that it is not possible to keep our corporations here on this continent. We have been expanding owe economic imperialism for nearly a century and our place in the world is BIG.
When I hear people say that they want a small government, I am not sure what they are saying. Recently a dear republican friend was challenging me about obama-care and how it was more big government. His claim was that he did not want politicians in the doctors office with him. Does he prefer to have the CEO of Philip Morris in the room with him? Or ever better how about the CEO of a drug company - would that feel better?
The point is, of course, that we do not want anyone in the room with us when we talk with our doctors, but shrinking government so that it is ineffective against the policies of large corporations is not the answer. If Sarah Palin thinks the death panels are a fear from medicare, what does she think of death panels like the kind just instituted in Arizona. A man waiting 13 months for a heart was removed from the list because he did not have the RIGHT, the conservative, health care plan.
And the size of our government is important not only because we each want to be taken care of by some entity that seems to have good-will at its heart, or center of operation. Take the man who recently told me that Social Security just had to go. I asked him if his mother was on social security and he answered that yes she was. So if we took her social security away from her that would be fair, I asked? Of course not, she worked all her life for that. All she has is her house and the social security because she has no pension. Actually she may have to move out of her house because the local property taxes no equal the mortgage she used to pay before she paid it off.Continued on the next page