What are the practical obstacles to a limited Federal Government

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    I'd like to see all people answer the question. This isn't one designed to get people fighting. Rather I want to see whether I have a clear picture of what is keeping us from having a limited federal government. The Letter next to a politicians name isn't the problem.

    I am talking more like dependence on welfare. etc. what kind of obstacles are there for people?
     
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    Just how limited is the question. without knowing that no real calls can be made.

    One could say we have a limited government now. Limited by laws and the constitution (mostly).
     
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    The only obstacles are breaking faith with people the government has made dependent on it. So, the only way to get back to the intended Constitutionally limited Federal government is to slowly and incrementally reverse all the stuff that created those dependencies just as it slowly and incrementally created them.
     
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    POLITICIANS- all of them
     
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    Very true. Also Lobbyists.
     
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    if we didnt have the messed up politicians we have, the lobbyists would be useless
     
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    First we would have to assess how many people are dependent on welfare for generation, as opposed to a person who are on welfare a few months. This dependence idea falls apart when you ask how many are actually dependent, then find out why.

    Obstacles to dependency might be the inability to find work, or mental problems, or disabilities, or an orphan, etc.
     
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    you can't just kill overnight SS or Medicare, not after people have paid in to it for 10-50 years.
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    the military industrial complex is a huge problem that i don't see congressmen being able to buck....
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    my State is where we are taxed the MOST, With income taxes, gas taxes, cigarette taxes, property taxes, sales taxes and fees and licenses etc.
     
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    actually, i think we are #2 on that at the moment
     
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    Received this in my e-mail tonight - origin unknown:

    Now multiply that on a somewhat smaller scale for most states, on a similar scale for the larger states like Texas and New York and quadruple it for the Federal government, and we can begin to see what some of the problems are.

    Obviously federal or state governments can't just consolidate all that stuff into a few necessary agencies and close everything else down overnight. But sooner or later we're going to have to get back to leaner more efficient government elsewhere because right now there is one government employee for every four to six Americans. There is no way that is conducive to promote business growth and other prosperity for anybody other than government.

    But if we start now not growing it any more and slowly and methodically start shutting down everything that we don't have to have, we can do it.
     
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