Saturday, January 14, 2006

Big Government as the Root Cause of the Abramoff Scandals

Many, including Professor Bainbridge, have ridiculously argued that "Big Government is the root cause of the Jack Abramoff influence peddling scandal."

Uhm, but, no. Big Government is not the root cause. If the Federal government were half the size, such a scandal still would occur. Of course it would. It's not about the size of government.

It's about power, and who holds it. And who wants to keep on holding it.

The Republicans have held it all since 2000, and they have gone above and beyond to hold it. That, my friends, is the root cause - the desire to hold and grow power.

The same thing happened to the Democrats when their Congressional hegemony came crashing down in the early Nineties, and Dan Rostenkowski and Cleveland's own Mary Rose Oakar and all the rest were swept out (of course, many of them did nothing more than take advantage of the Congressional mailing program - they stole a lot of stamps, in effect).

Here's the root cause, my friends: concentrated Government, as in, when one party controls it all. When the Dems had it all, they did bad things in order to keep it. When the Repubs have had it all? They are doing bad things in order to keep it.

Let me now praise the virtues of divided government. The years under Clinton gave us many great advancements: welfare reform, fiscal discipline and a balanced budget, a tremendous growth in military spending. Would a Democratic President have done all these without the contrary influence of a Republican Congress? Of course not.

An opposing legislature forces the executive to bend, to compromise across the aisle, to work to get a deal done, to move to the center, to avoid overreaching.

When we have a divided government, good things happen. Or, at least, bad things are prevented from happening. Centrism is forced upon both parties. That is why I will not align myself with either party. In Maryland, we need more Republicans as a check against the historic Democratic majority. (In fact, this latest Wal-Mart health care travesty has completely convinced me of this necessity.) At the Federal level, we need more Democrats in Congress to counterbalance an executive gone wild with power-hunger.

Clinton was made a better President by a Republican Congress. A Democratic Congress would have done the same for President Bush.

Sadly, it is too late.

2 Comments:

Blogger DEANBERRY said...

YOU SHAME OUR FOREFATHERS. ONLY TRAITORS LIKE YOU WOULD FLOOD AMERICA WITH DRUGS AND COMMIT "TERRORIST" ACTS LIKE 9/11 AS JUSTIFICATIONS TO SUSPEND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. JESUS CHRIST HAS REMOVED HIS BLESSING FROM OUR ONCE GREAT COUNTRY.
http://www.deanberryministries.org/index3.html

1:29 AM  
Blogger LargeBill said...

You may be right that the root cause is the desire for power. However, the desire to bribe a politician is created by a belief that it pays off. That belief is fostered by our obscenely bloated national budget. Why would an organization give a lobbyist millions of dollars to influence elected representatives? Because they think it will pay off with many more millions.

10:14 AM  

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