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The best government is that which governs least January 28, 2010

Posted by federalist in Government.
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Apparently President Obama disagrees. In his State of the Union Address he attacked Republican Senators for not “governing” hard enough:

Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it’s not leadership.

Which I suppose is a fair criticism. Leadership would involve persuading the polity that the best thing our government can do is stop trying to intervene in so many problems.

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1. federalist - February 25, 2010

The London Times provides further evidence that Obama is not alone in believing that government exists ‘to solve problems’:

If you are not convinced, just listen to the President’s own radio broadcast last weekend: “What’s being tested in the healthcare summit is not just our ability to solve this one problem, but our ability to solve any problem.” Consider what three years without effective government in Washington could mean, not only for America but for the entire Western world.

I don’t suppose the author intends for us to be thrilled at the prospect. But if we could convince the politicians to just go home instead of trying in vain to wage “effective” government, I’d be positively thrilled!


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