Conservatives love to bitch and moan about how EVERY SINGLE ELEMENT of government is bad or evil; that somehow everything related to, or involved in government, is an affliction to all individuals. They obsess about “spending” and “fiscal policy” and preach that government should operate as a business.
NEWS FLASH: GOVERNMENT IS NOT A BUSINESS! In no way, shape, or form is government design to make profit, it’s purpose is to FUNCTION, in order to “provide a general welfare of the United States” as stated in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution.
The more problems our society receives, the more attention government must provide to the public. Such attention can, and most likely will, involve an over expenditure of available funds. In such situations, article 1, section 8 of the U.S. constitution provides for the right for governments to “borrow money on the credit of the United States.” But the political right-wing for decades has formulated an argument that some how it is only governments that wind up in such scenarios. But it is a fact that over 99% of all businesses, either when just starting out or right before they declare bankruptcy (another “evil government” constitutional right”) assumes an equal amount of debt that state, local, and federal governments accrued.
Since entering office in 2011, the tea party/libertarian-led House of Representatives have formed a list of entities and issues they claim to be the PUBLIC ENEMY of the United States, these include: The Postal Service, National Endowment of the Arts, and of course, (the pure evil) infrastructure. But little does the voting public, and the GOP members of Congress realize, is that all three of these entities are required for the Congress to provide and execute via legislation. Article 1, Section 8 requires that Congress “establish Post Offices and post roads” and “to promote the progress of science and useful arts”.
All government-bashing-right wing-nut-jobs love to use the “evil” U.S. Postal Service as their number one example of how “government doesn’t work” and “wastes money” and is “always in debt”. They enjoy professing an argument that only the private sector should deliver the mail, that somehow the entire planet will fall off it’s axis if one single company doesn’t financially benefit from one single government responsibility. Compared to the Royal and Holly “private sector”, such as, UPS, FEDEX and DHL, the postal service is the most affordable logistical service in the United States, and in some parts, the world. Without an affordable means of transporting parcel, American citizens would be denied the most affordable means of the most original method of communication.
Since we’re on the subject of the “never can do no wrong” private sector, lets discuss another “evil government” requirement mentioned in Article 1, Section 8, REGULATION!! OMG RUN FOR THE HILLS RON PAUL!! As stated in the Article and Section of the Constitution, it is the duty of the Congress “to regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States”. Lets think for a moment here, why would the authors, our “founding fathers” (you know, the ones that Glenn Beck fans use to dress up as at tea 2009/10 tea party rallies) include such a duty in our National Constitution? What would be the purpose? It wasn’t to fear that government would get too big; we’ve heard that bullshit argument before. The purpose of regulating commerce is to ensure the public that no matter how much success one individualistic-interest creates; it shall never get too powerful to overthrow the influence of the people, in other words, the ability to create another King George; after all, wasn’t he the reason why we wrote these squiggly lines on a scroll in the first place?!!