Obama Demonstrates the Evil of Big Government
Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2013 | Larry Elder
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013 9:42:00 AM by Kaslin
The scandals surrounding the Obama administration come down to one common theme — that the ever-growing size and scope of our federal government gives it enormous power over virtually every aspect of our lives, power that in the wrong hands can be used to reward supporters, exact revenge and punish enemies.
In education, health care, transportation, energy, disaster relief, welfare, commerce, work and salary rules, and on and on, the federal government plays an outsized role completely inconsistent with the Founding Fathers’ notion of a limited government that allows maximum personal liberty.
In 1900, government at all three levels — federal, state and local — took about 10 percent of the people’s money. It now takes nearly 50 percent.
On what basis should Americans — especially those who did not vote for Barack Obama — feel that the President will guard their interests, especially when apparently vindictive actions have been taken under his watch?
The IRS admits to, and has apologized for, targeting conservative groups. The second article of impeachment against Richard Nixon accused him of using the IRS to go after political enemies. Incredibly, the IRS commissioner of the office in charge of tax-exempt organizations from 2009 to 2012 — when the conservative groups were targeted — is now the director of the IRS Affordable Care Act office, responsible for ObamaCare tax compliance.
The Justice Department, in apparent violation of policy, subpoenaed the phone records of as many as 100 reporters without notifying their employer, the Associated Press. And the DOJ subpoenaed the phone records of a Fox reporter as well as the phone records of his parents.
Now every president fights with the media, whose job description supposedly requires them to serve as watchdog over government. It is why the First Amendment protects “freedom of the press.” But how many administrations have openly and repeatedly stated contempt for a particular news channel, the way Obama and his aides have publicly attacked the Fox News Channel?
Early in his administration, Obama complained, “I’ve got one television station entirely devoted to attacking my administration.” He told Rolling Stone: “The golden age of an objective press was a pretty narrow span of time in our history. Before that, you had folks like [William Randolph] Hearst who used their newspapers very intentionally to promote their viewpoints. I think Fox is part of that tradition — it is part of the tradition that has a very clear, undeniable point of view. It’s a point of view that I disagree with. It’s a point of view that I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world.”………..