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09/09/2007 - 12:40pm

It's Not The Government's Responsibility


It's not ground-breaking news to state that our government has grown substantially over the past 100 years. And it's not grown because of population increases; it's grown disproportionately. Especially in the past 40 years, a small number of people (which has now become a larger group of people) has begun demanding that the government deal with more and more problems. What people don't understand is that it's not the government's responsibility to deal with these issues.

If Iraq breaks out in civil war, it's not our government's responsibility. If Israel uses nuclear weapons against its enemy, it's not our government's responsibility. If China invades Taiwan, it's not our government's responsibility.

And I don't say this in a discompassionate way; that people in need are not deserving of help. Certainly, in my personal belief, each person has a moral responsibility to help their fellow human beings. If someone is hungry and they need your help, you should voluntarily give them food. But that's my belief. If that's not your belief, then no one has the right to force you into those actions.

I'm saying that our government has no more responsibility, or authority for that matter, to take on these problems than a private corporation like Google or General Motors does. In fact, these private entities have more authority to do so if they choose.

So when something happens in the world, why do we cry "the government should do something!" It would be just as ludicrous to claim "McDonald's should do something!" when a natural disaster like Katrina strikes.

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