Government's role--too much or too little?

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    That's the big debate. Here's some food for thought.

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    Rarely has the news of the day run so counter to the spin on the news of the day. It's hard to argue that the difficulties we confront were caused by an excessively powerful "big" government. Rather, most of them arose from the government's failure to do its job in the first place.
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    The more important and dynamic force behind the current disillusionment with government comes instead from those who actually believe it can and should be effective. They do not think that the market is automatically rational or that the government has to be dumb. They are fed up with government not because their ideology or philosophy tells them to be but because they don't think government has been doing a proper job of promoting prosperity, equity and fair-dealing.

    washingtonpost.com
     
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    Obviously the Government is doing too much at this point. Most people i talk to just want the Government to get off their backs. Enough is enough. Our Congress meets too often. They should only meet a couple times a year and for very short sessions. The more they're in session,the more damage they do to our nation. How many more useless and unnecessary Laws do we need? Let the people eat as much salt as they want. Is it Recess time yet?
     
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    Did they do enough in regulating the financial industry?
    Did they do enough in recognizing the threat of terrorism?
    Did they do enough in ensuring that all Americans have access to affordable healthcare?
    Did they do enough in regulating offshore drilling?

    Big government....something to be feared
     
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    Ensuring and believing in Freedom & Liberty is difficult. It is becoming harder & harder for the People to resist absolute Government domination of their lives. The allure of possible Government freebies is just so powerful. Nothing is free though. Someone always pays. Socialism/Communism is a very risky proposition at best. What do you have to give away in terms of Freedom & Liberty for those possible Government freebies? The costs are too great in the end in my opinion. The Government is clearly over-reaching these days. Time for a pull-back.
     
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    agreed....
     
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    Way too much.

    The government is not responsible for bailing people out when they can't fulfill their obligations.

    The government can't force people to be honest. That's something we all have to choose on our own.
     
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    Too often when the government acknowledges that they've failed, their solution is to further expand, which generally compounds the problem.
     
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    Liberals. No government is to big, to intrusive, to nanny state for them.
     
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    Its only a debate amongst the simpleminded - people so moronic as to actually think we just need to get the right "size" government and everything will be fine.
     
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    In terms of programs, way too much.

    In terms of regulation, I'd say it is a matter of too much here (healthcare for example) and too little there (workers safety, immigration enforcement).
     

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