The Republican Wet Dream Mantra Of Smaller Government and Lower Taxes: Code Words For Let The One Percent Have a Free Hand To Rip-off The Public At Large

You have to give the Republican one percent Shills lots of credit for making a disastrous formula sound reasonable and even inviting. It just projects as so American and apple pie — idyllic daydreams of some imaginary perfect past.

Unfortunately the small-town days of mom and pop stores have given way to the convenience and sophistication of the likes of the Mall of America, Lowes and Wal-Mart, although using the word sophistication and Wal-Mart in the same sentence seems a bit off kilter.

The point is that in a super complex, modern world desiring to use a simple from of government appropriate to 150 years ago is ridiculous if not downright insane. Today’s governments have to oversee thousands of highly technical issues way beyond any individual’s ability to tract or understand.

Indeed, no one person or even group of persons can act as his own cop, teacher, road engineer, research scientist, air traffic controller, meat inspector, world diplomat, head of the armed forces and intelligence services. Like it or not all the thousands of jobs and services that average citizens take for granted and make their lives possible require and enormously complex government to run. Republicans make it sound as if government can and should be reduced to a kid’s lemonade stand.

Of course Republicans will also be quick to say that the private sector is much more effective than government. But if I remember correct it was the government that bailed out Wall Street from its fiasco, not the other way around. But, still, Republicans of the Paul Ryan ilk like to insist that if only their ideals of governance could be tried full out the experiment would prove them right.

Well actually there is an example of what happens when a pure version of this Republican wet dream comings into being. It’s called Kansas.

“After riding a landslide victory into the governor’s mansion in 2010, Kansas Republican Sam Brownback laid out an agenda straight out of any conservative’s dreams. Carving taxes and spending down to the bone, Brownback’s ‘real live experiment’ was supposed to lift Kansas out of the recession and into economic prosperity.

Instead, the test case is unraveling into a monstrous failure.”

This is the first paragraph plus of a 2014 article by Amanda Sakuma. There are countless other articles along the same line describing the Republican debacle.

The bottom line is that even for those who mistakenly believe the Republican smokescreen of smaller is always better, a fantasy that serves only the interests of those at the top of the economic pyramid, there is ample evidence that it is a hoax.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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