Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Expecting Too Much from Government

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas had this quote that I found interesting:

"The message today seems more like ask not what you can do for yourselves or your country, but what your country must do for you."

I'm not a big fan of Justice Thomas, but the above rings true. We see it too often - people want the government (city, state, and Federal) to take care of everything. I pay my taxes, so I expect XYZ; or the government owes me, because of ABC. Unfortunately, our government has over-extended itself. In trying to do everything, the government does nothing well. When was the last time you were truly satisfied with anything from the government?

It seems that people with personal responsibility are harder and harder to find. What happened to picking yourself up, working hard, and doing the very best you can? What happened to the limited role of government in which the government does a few things very well (such as keeping the basic infrastructure maintained, keeping law & order, maintaining public education standards) and then gets out of the way so that its citizens can work towards becoming successful & happy?

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