What do you mean when you say you want smaller government?

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    The fight over "Smaller Government"

    Just what is meant by saying we need to have Smaller Government. Is it the cutting of programs? is it the elimination of departments? Is it the combining of departments?

    I want smaller government on all levels. By saying this I want to eliminate %50 of all government jobs at every level. After that if we don't have the man power to run the programs we have than we must eliminate those programs. What I mean by government jobs is... politicians, politicians aides and staff, political committees, police, teachers, firemen, and regulators / inspectors.

    I want smaller government which means that I need to define what I want government to do. I want government to provide a level playing field for everyone, I want government to protect my life and property with a fair and balanced justice system. I want government to create and maintain a sound and functioning infrastructure by employing private business to accomplish this. By doing these things the other stuff will take care of itself, i.e. taxes.

    What do you mean when you say you want smaller government?
     
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    I don't think it's very useful to focus on the size of government. It's the scope that I'm concerned with. A large government, both in terms of size and cost, might be necessary in certain circumstances.

    What I'm concerned with is the growth of government's power to intrude on our lives unnecessarily. That's why I find the concepts of limited government so important. Not to keep it 'small' or save us money as taxpayers, but to protect liberty.
     
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    If you limit it's size don't you also limit it's ability to encroach on our liberties at the same time? If government is made smaller by half we have also halved it's ability to enforce the laws that would encroach on our liberties.
     
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    No, not necessarily. An intensely fascist, intrusive government could still be 'small' in size.
     
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    Yes religious based govts are often this way.
     
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    Incorrect.

    The ‘size’ of government or how many people it employs is irrelevant in the context of the rule of law. It’s when we allow government – regardless its size - greater authority to ‘fight crime’ or conduct a ‘war on terror’ in an attempt to realize greater security that we jeopardize our liberty.
     
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    You can make and pass all the laws you want but if you only have ten people to police 100K than you have a problem. If you count on the population at large to help enforce such draconian laws and they do help, than we have more problems than we suspect.
     
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    Its simple catchy phrase for small minds
     
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    Yet, for morons, like you, it's incomprehensible.
     
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    No not incomprenhesible, just unworkable in any society
     
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