Does Government Need to Grow ?
The premise of this article is to address whether or not the government needs to grow. In order to find a valid answer to this question, the author goes through different situations that have arisen surrounding government growth. This historical perspective is provided in order to educate the reader as to what has happened thus far. The article tells of different conclusions made by the collecting and analyzing of data. In connection to this data, two separate theories on the government’s relationship with the economy are described.
In a quote of Thomas Jefferson introduced at the start of the article: “the natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground” In other words he means that eventually personal liberties will decrease to make way for a stronger federal government. The author states that little has proved for Jefferson’s view to be false.
One of the theories presented shows that as economies grow, government spending tends to rise even faster. This suggests that larger governments cause for the economy to grow. The next theory presented counters this idea, reasoning that countries having larger economies are naturally able to afford larger governments as well.
The government spends a very large amount of money on social programs. According to the article, upkeep up all of these programs requires a government that is in a constant state of growth. The social programs that provide assistance to the people are being used more, except are actually needed less than before, as by the article. The poor of today are compared to the poor of 1929, in the peak of the great depression, where government intervention really was needed. Even the poorest of today are much better off than the poor of that time. The government is at an artificial state of growth because of American’s feeling of entitlement to payment from other Americans. Because of the American government’s ease in borrowing...
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