In this editorial Thom Hartmann said that government should be big enough so that everyone has access to a quality education from K-college. And so everyone has access to quality affordable healthcare and I'm assuming health insurance as well in America. I get that Thom is in favor of single-payer Medicare For All making Medicare the sole provider of health insurance in America. I disagree with him on that as well as many other issues but he's definitely in favor of that. My question would be does that mean when he says that government should be big enough so everyone has access to quality affordable healthcare in. America and does that mean he's also in favor of nationalizing the entire healthcare system all together. Similar to what the United Kingdom use to have before they started privatizing parts of their National Health Service. And my question to him on education with him saying that government should be big enough to ensure that. Everyone has access to a quality education in America. Does that mean he wants to nationalize education in America and have the Federal Government. As the sole provider of education in this country.
I agree with Hartmann on regulation to insure that we are all using safe products and services and so forth. Just as long as the public-sector isn't trying to run the private-sector and vice versa. And of course I agree that government shouldn't be running industries and the entire economy and so fourth. I would add education and healthcare to that but where we differ is what else should government be doing. Federal, state and local and for me it starts with the United States Constitution as far as what government has the. Authority to do in America and if you want government to do something that's currently unconstitutional. Then we have a Constitutional process to follow to make that happen. But once you limit government at all levels to doing what it has the authority in the Constitution, it then becomes. About what should it be doing and where I come down on as a Liberal is that big government is government that tries to do too much. No matter whether it comes from the Left or Right and that government should only do for us what we can't. Do for ourselves or do as well.
How big I believe government should be, well to talk about the Federal Government which is really what this about. When we are talking about a national talk show, unless some state or city is named. To start I'll tell you what I do not want government to do. As I said before anything that the people can't do for themselves, that is not organizations business or otherwise can't do for themselves or anything. That the states and localities can't do for themselves or do better for themselves. So I do not want government telling the people what the can say to each other, private citizens that it or what they can say. In public as long as they aren't libeling people or inciting riots, giving away governmental secrets that are classified. That sorta thing, I do not want government telling the people where they can send their kids to school. And I certainly do not want the Federal Government running the schools in this country. I just want government especially the Federal Government to do for us what we can't do for ourselves.
I do not want government trying to run our lives like telling us what we can eat or drink, smoke and so forth. Or making any other personal healthcare decision for us and I certainly do not want government forcing me to pay for the bad decisions of others. So I'm not a fan of Prohibition really at any level. I want government to defend, protect us not from ourselves but from people who would do us harm. Cleanup disasters as well and create an environment where as many people as possible can be as successful as they can be in life. Not trying to do it for them so I want universal access to quality education in this in country K-college like Thom. But I do not want the Federal Government trying to run the whole system but be there to help with the financing which is different. So overall the Federal Government of my dreams would be smaller including in defense but I would spend more on. Infrastructure, education and job training so even unemployed people and low-income low-skilled workers. Can get themselves good jobs in this country and live in freedom as well.
For me when I blog about limited government, I'm actually talking about limited government. I know thats sounds shocking it's so simple it must be true. But I'm not talking about small government but a government that's large enough let's say to do the things that we need it to do. But not so big that it limits people's freedom to do everything that they can do for themselves. Meaning basically not trying to run people's lives for them.
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