Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Behind big government

4/14/2014

We have elected public servants who don’t believe in public service. Would a smart butcher employ a vegetarian? Should a church call an atheist as its pastor? One should not do a job if he can’t support the mission.

By writing laws that increase our cynicism in government, these anti-government “representatives” prove their organizing principle: government is the problem. Are you dismayed that certain for-profit companies are exempt from paying property taxes? Big government. Worried that the state may grant control of medicare dollars to a for-profit company? Big government. Concerned for your neighbor the teacher who is depressed because her profession has been disparaged and her contract nullified? Big government.

We have elected public servants who don’t believe in public service. Would a smart butcher employ a vegetarian? Should a church call an atheist as its pastor? One should not do a job if he can’t support the mission.

By writing laws that increase our cynicism in government, these anti-government “representatives” prove their organizing principle: government is the problem. Are you dismayed that certain for-profit companies are exempt from paying property taxes? Big government. Worried that the state may grant control of medicare dollars to a for-profit company? Big government. Concerned for your neighbor the teacher who is depressed because her profession has been disparaged and her contract nullified? Big government.

These anti-government zealots rarely describe real people. They won’t attack your grandfather, a government worker who took the beach at Normandy. Instead, they rail against abstractions and hope you won’t notice. They talk about “bad teachers” who have the audacity to expect a living wage, but they fail to mention the school custodian who just cleaned up your grandkid’s vomit.

While the private sector was busy producing 50 flavors of chewing gum and the movie of the week, government workers were filling potholes, doing cancer research, and making sure your tap water is safe to drink. During the day, the public sector teaches my kids math, science, art and history. After school, the private sector teaches them to twerk like Miley Cyrus.

The mission of government is to serve the public. We should elect people who support the mission.

 — Jay York,

Wichita

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