There is a disease running rampant on the streets of Washington DC. It is a disease that cripples the economy, destroys jobs and leaves Americans living on the streets. Inordinate spending perpetuates the sickness and corrupt politicians keep the cure at bay. Federal expansion is ruining the lives of American citizens and creating a society of impecunious and pusillanimous citizens, unable and unwilling to speak out against the higher power which controls every aspect of their lives. “Where are our (sic) Men of abilities? Why do they not come forth to save their Country?” George Washington once inquired to his fellow man, now, many Americans may find themselves asking this same question as the country continues its spiral downwards (Mizell). The overall expansion of the federal government in the past decade has proven to be detrimental to the welfare of the same American citizens it vows to be “for” and “by” in the United States Constitution. Reckless spending, childish bickering and “half-baked” politicians proclaim the fact that major federal downsizing, and a power-shift from federal to individual states is what is necessary for the well being of the country; the national Congress can no longer effectively perform its tasks.
Reckless spending is the federal government’s main issue today. The private sector of the military has escalated its spending to over 200 billion dollars a year, while on the opposite side of the spectrum, Social Security will have used up its “trust” fund by the year 2033 and at that point, will only be paying out 76 percent of the benefits that it promises (Clemmitt). Yet, in this scenario, Social Security and the military are not the problem. In fact, many Americans fear the loss of these programs along with the loss of Medicaid. The programs that are seen as less critical to the lives of Americans are the real problem.
“Open ended benefit programs, funded by other people’s money” foster a ’something for nothing’ mentality, that is weakening America”, states Nicholas Eberstadt. The governments need to emphasize unemployment spending and help businesses that are failing, is driving the national debt up by the day (Clemmitt). “Government is what it spends” Allen Schick shares in Clemmitt’s article, but this statement is only factual if that government spends its money wisely.
The introduction of a “trillion dollar coin” is another example of poor government ideas. An idea thought up by the federal government to fix the economy shows how obtuse the leaders truly are. Most experts agree that the “trillion dollar coin” would completely destroy the image of the US economy (“US”).
In Clemmitt’s article, “Health-Care Reform”, the problems of the country are clearly outlined, “More than 45 million Americans are uninsured, millions more face losing their insurance if they lose their jobs and U.S. health costs are at least 40 percent higher than in any other country.” Another example of poor government...