Skip to comments.Government Keeps Growing
Posted on 04/21/2014 9:15:06 AM PDT by Kaslin
Political scientist Matt Grossmann discussed the results of his research on federal government growth in the Washington Post last week.
I combed through hundreds of history books covering American public policy since 1945, tracking the most significant domestic policy changes that made it into law and the actors that historians credit for those changes. Of the 509 most significant domestic policies passed by Congress, only one in five were conservative, in that they contracted the scope of government funding, regulation or responsibility. More than 60 percent were liberal: They clearly expanded government. The others offered a mix of liberal or conservative components or took no clear ideological direction.
Grossman mentioned one of the structural reasons why this has happened:
Liberal policies are self-reinforcing because they create beneficiaries who act as constituencies for their continuation and expansion. Policy debates center on what additional actions government should take, not whether to discontinue existing roles.
Grossman is essentially saying that not only has the size of the federal government expanded, but so has the scope. The problem is not just that programs such as Medicare keep growing, but also that Congress keeps adding new programs.
The following chart shows an official count of the number of federal benefit, subsidy, and aid programsMedicare, farm subsidies, food stamps, and more than 2,000 others. The source is the CFDA website for recent years and hard copy CFDA catalogs for the older years.
Anyone who believes the republican party still stands for conservative principles care to explain why the 104th was at least able to slow the growth of government, while the 108th accelerated it?
Both corrupt party's are riding in the same limo...Their counting on the the slack jawed cup droolers who support these wealthy frauds never figure it out.
This thread will be as popular as a public pay phone...
If anyone dares touch it, watch for the usual canned excuses.
* The EPA assigns one million acres to previous owners in Wyoming.
* The BLM Rustles cattle in Nevada.
* Now the USFS Rustles Cattle in New Mexico.
What will Speaker Boehner do now to punish these lawless Federal Bureaus?
BTW, have yall noticed that Obama is very effectively using these lawless events by his Bureaus to distract from the NSA, Benghazi, IRS and Obamacare Scandals?
Is the modern day equivalent of the KKK the Bureau of Feudal Land Management, (BFLM) ?
If so, then Feudal Lord Reid would then be The Grand Dragon of the BFLM.
Feudal Lord Reids Rustlers are hired guns, who are furious but not fast, which also applies to their multimillionaire Leader: Feudal Lord Reid.
With the past Democrat-based KKK, and now the present Democrat-controlled BFLM, ethics be damned, as abject fear is the main goal of both of these Medieval Outlaw Gangs, past and present.
Ethics will be justified later by Liberals who will write the revised PC History of these times, past and present; of powerful men with outlaw hatred toward free people in America, Black or White, poor or rich.
The Jackboot Heel of Democat Tyranny is now upon us, AGAIN !
Are they distractions or just more government disasters? There are so many disasters, so much fail and so much corruption emerging and emanating from corrupt government, it’s almost becoming a blur...
There are studies that suggest the exercise of coercive power over others is as addictive as cocaine.
Now imagine doing that above with other peoples money?!?!
There you have contemporary “liberals” as opposed to classic liberals.
There are no likely GOP presidential candidates who can bring themselves to name even one unnecessary govt agency they could bear to shutter.