Prudence often precedes implementation of government programs, regulations, or taxes. Precaution is wise, but it does not guarantee good results. Some government endeavors, most haloed in conception, turn devilish in practice. Therefore, policymakers should scrutinize their decisions just as closely after implementation, recognizing that government and failure are seldom far apart. Unseemly consequences often result from policies of positive intent, and the public should not be considered so incompetent or simple-minded, as to necessitate ignoring, concealing, or creatively accounting for, the bad effects of an energetic government.
Massive governments are considered necessary, only because of their own tendencies to restrict, control, and monopolize individual lives, under the pretense of serving some imagined greater good. The long term results of serving (or receiving the service of) the massive government beast called the “greater good” are detrimental to the individual, and include, but are not limited to, unlivable wages, property depreciation, government dependence, excessive taxation, excessive debt, hopelessness, mental illness, addiction, entrapment, imprisonment, and death. This old system of government operates in direct opposition to America’s faiths in civic virtue, social contract, private property, and free enterprise, which historically brought liberty, peace, and prosperity to individuals across the nation. History recommends a new role of government, and that the present form be abolished, or restored to its original form.
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