We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
- Can the government actually make this problem better?
- If so, must this problem be solved at the Federal level, or could it be done as easily or better by the states?
- Even if the government might help solve this problem, would the associated costs in terms of loss of freedom, deadweight losses from regulation or taxation, and the declining accountability and manageability of government as it grows, actually be worth the benefit?
Having labelled him a Nazi Fascist, no other rationale is necessary. Now the fuss doesn't have to be about complex policy issues that might garner some bipartisan support; it's about Nazism. By any means necessary. Resistance.
I don't think it's just the Democrats, and I've always said that psychopaths are the most dangerous when their backs are against the wall. Extremely depressing show today, and the headlines mischaracterizing even that matinee are just the cherries on top. :o[
It's not "can the gov't. make things better", but what can it do to grab tax money to do?
It's not whether the federal or state gov'ts should do it, but why not both?
Thirdly, the question not that first stuff, it is how can we grow gov't and suck up more tax money?
This is the swamp fighting the dismantling of the swamp. 100% expected, and they are using every means at their disposal-- from the news media to leaks to bureaucratic obstructionism. This is a marathon and they think they can outlast Trump, and they may be right. Ineffective and wasteful government programs are the hardest things in the world to kill.
The real problem is mission creep in federal agencies, which has never been addressed let alone checked. As long as the mission keeps growing, then the personnel levels keep growing as well.
For example, in the early 1990's the Centers for Disease Control renamed itself the 'Centers for Disease Control and Prevention'. That increase in mission (which many at the CDC disagreed with) has now nearly doubled the size of the agency because now the CDC has the mission to interfere in every aspect of people's lives, not just the specific behaviors that were spreading infectious disease. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is turning out to be much more difficult to change people's lifelong behaviors than it is to stop the spread of infectious disease.
A lot of it has gone on too long for it to change at this point, but regular mission creep reductions could have prevented this.