The Peril Of Small Government The Salvation Of Big Government
Since former President Ronald Reagan declared that “ The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help “, small government versus big government is the philosophical question constantly debated in both American politics and American governance. Events within the last 30 days should go a long way toward settling the debate.
As far back as the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 which led to the creation of the federal government’s Food and Drug Administration, the 1911 federal government break-up of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company financial monopoly, the 1930’s New Deal economic relief regulation provided by the federal government to American Whites during America’s Great Depression, the big government Federal Housing Administration (FHA) enabling all middle and lower economic class American Whites with a job to buy their first home, the G.I. Bill providing World War 2 American White veterans with government low-cost mortgages to buy a home, government low-interest loans to start a business or farm, one year of government unemployment compensation, dedicated government payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college, or vocational school, and the big government Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 which funded the construction of a national highway road system connecting the entire contiguous United States, allowing American Whites to drive their own cars to all parts of America.
Big government was not only appreciated by American citizens for the social, economic, and military safety net it provided but was also trusted to always act in American citizens’ best interest until 1964. In 1964 with the passage of the federal Civil Rights Act, was the first time American Whites experienced the federal government flexing its authority in a way that many American Whites felt did not benefit them. According to the Pew Research Center before the new Civil Rights Act in 1964, 77% of American…