- Politics and Social Issues
Why Conservatives Are Against Big Government
Conservatives are generally against big government. It is one of the tenet of conservative philosophy. The reasons are many and I will explain my views. It may surprise you.
- Mar. 2017
There are many reasons why conservatives are against big government. The number one reason is that it is counter to the Constitution. Our Constitution is very clear. There are enumerated powers given to the Federal govnment, and all others are reserved for State and local governments.
Just because conservatives are against a particular program does not mean we don't want a solution. It is not a binary choice. You can be against a program such as food stamps and support a charity like Feeding America or Catholic Charities which does way more to help hunger.
The way to process this is simple. The Federal government is one of many agencies that intrudes on our lives. There is state and local agencies that serves many of the same function. For example, public education, is mainly a local function. The towns and cities have school boards which operates schools and have rules and regulations that fits their community. They raise taxes to pay for these services. They are in a better position to make decisions regarding their needs. Why do we need a Department of Education is Washingon DC? Think about it, if this department was disbanded tomorrow, how will it impact your children's education? The answer is not one thing.
In my own case, I am against big government programs because they don't work. In all fairness, if a program works as intended, I would have no problem with it. Unlike some ideolog, I am willing to forego the purity of conservatism, if the program actually works.
This is such an important point, it needs to be repeated. If a federal program works the way it was intended and it solves an existing problem, I will support it and I would pay for it out of my taxes.
The vast majority of federal programs are ineffective and full of fraud, waste, and abuse. In fact, some actually perpetuates the problem instead of making it better. Why would we pay for something that does not work, that is inefficient and that actually makes things worse?
Take One Example...
We are told by advertising that hunger in America is real. Commercials show how 1 in 6 American children goes to bed hungry. Senior has to make decision on whether to buy food or medicine which they need. How can that be?
Think about it. We have a huge budget that pays for food stamps or EBT. There are 43 million registered users. We are a generous country and we help our fellow citizens with all sorts of programs. How do you square the fact that the 3rd largest charity in America is Feeding America?
There are only two possible scenarios. One the EBT Program is a huge failure and despite the huge amount of tax dollars that goes into it, there are more people going hungry and a private non-profit agency is picking up the slack. Or, two, the charity is a fraud and they are raising money to pad the huge payroll of the employees and executives at this charitable organization.
I guess a third option is possible though extremely unlikely. We are not spending enough on EBT programs and a private charity is needed to supplement it. If we only spend more money on EBT and expand the program to include more people, hunger in America will be iradicated.
What is the truth? The government is a very poor administrator of the food stamp program. They allow for easy access and do not check where the money is spent. There are many incidences of fraud and abuse of the EBT system. By some estimate, it is as high as 25%. Think about it, if you are the owner of a business, any business, and you know 25% of your business is being stolen, what would be your reaction? Will you just accept it as part of doing business? Or will you try and stop it? Guess what, the government decided the EBT program is fine just the way it is.
Top Charities in USA
I just took one example but you can make a case for almost any government program, from the VA to the HUD, to the EPA and the IRS... They are all inefficient at best and full of abuse at worst. The reason is not hard to understand. The system has no accountability. There is no market competition and no incentive for the workers to improve. It is a bureacracy run amok.
I hope this hub makes it clear about my conservative position and why I am against big government. There are alternative solutions.
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