Tuesday Thoughts: Big Government v. Small Government

This is an excerpt from a recent commencement speech given by a prominent American Politician. It makes a great deal of sense. Can you identify the speaker?

“When our government is spoken of as some menacing, threatening foreign entity, it ignores the fact that in our democracy, government is us.  We, the people — .  We, the people, hold in our hands the power to choose our leaders and change our laws, and shape our own destiny. 

Government is the police officers who are protecting our communities, and the servicemen and women who are defending us abroad.  Government is the roads you drove in on and the speed limits that kept you safe.  Government is what ensures that mines adhere to safety standards and that oil spills are cleaned up by the companies that caused them.   Government is this extraordinary public university -– a place that’s doing lifesaving research, and catalyzing economic growth, and graduating students who will change the world around them in ways big and small.    

The truth is, the debate we’ve had for decades now between more government and less government, it doesn’t really fit the times in which we live.  We know that too much government can stifle competition and deprive us of choice and burden us with debt.  But we’ve also clearly seen the dangers of too little government -– like when a lack of accountability on Wall Street nearly leads to the collapse of our entire economy. ”

Listen, I hate to pay taxes as much as you. And I promise I have paid my fair share over the years. And I hate the runaway spending and pork that is so rampant in Washington. But I like to drink clean water and drive on paved roads and sleep in peace because I know we have competent police protection. The real debate is not at the polar opposites (tea partiers v. liberals or Rush Limbaugh v. Rachel Maddow). Those are sideshows. There is a ton of common ground in the middle. Let’s find it.

And speaking of the government I think it’s time for a replay of one of my all time favorite clips about the Preamble to the Constitution.

I love this clip. And notice there is no “laugh track” to guide you as to whether this is funny. Great stuff!


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