"For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled."
Fantastic op-ed from Matt McCall in today's San Antonio Express News:
What does the Constitution have to do with America’s financial situation? Socialism and economic fascism drive wealth to the top 1 percent, not free market capitalism. When I traveled to the Soviet Union as a young man, there were millionaires and billionaires, and everyone else was dirt poor. Government regulation, which only large businesses can afford to deal with, crushes small businesses that create 80 percent of new jobs, and it drives other jobs overseas. Instead of voting for the limited government that can return our country to solvency, professional Republican politicians have continued to vote for big government, big spending, and the mechanisms that enable special interests.Read the whole thing here (same article available here if you have issues with the paywall).
[Republicans] have merely opposed specific policies and programs and spending increases rather than fighting for and getting results for our values. They run for office on a platform of limited government, but once in office they preserve big government and try to ride it better than the Democrats. But the people want to kill the beast.
The solution is for the Republican Party to be the party of the Constitution. When Republicans get caught arguing over $3.2 trillion in spending vs. $3.3 trillion, they are on the Democrats’ playing field. Our values and our country lose. Gramm-Rudman, which tried to reduce the size of government by cutting spending, failed as has any iteration of it. The only way to cut the size of government is by cutting the size of government — with the Constitution.
We must take the 10th Amendment, dust it off, and ask, “Why and on what Constitutional grounds is the federal government in this or that business?” What Constitutional grounds does the federal government have in running a Department of Education or an EPA, which have only been around since the 1970’s, or any other or agency?
We can get rid of departments of the federal government and return power to the states. In times of crisis, major change is possible and necessary. Will we double down on the era of Big Government? We must not. We must reduce the size and scope of the federal government, not by trying to “rein in” spending or by “reining in” any of these various bureaucracies, but by killing them. Constitutionally.