Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Function of Government


The debate that our political parties have been having for decades is between more government and less government.  We already know that too much government can stifle competition and deprive us of choice and burden us with debt.  It’s also clear, that the 2007-2008 Great Recession resulted from the Bush administration not recognizing the dangers of too little government.  Specifically, a lack of holding Wall Street accountable, that came close to collapsing our entire economy.

During George W. Bush’s first term in office, he tried to privatize Social Security, so that Wall Street could gamble with the Social Security trust funds.  Had he succeed we might have had endure another Great Depression with an unemployment rate much higher than 1o percent.

Reportedly, 62 percent of white working class Americans claim our federal government bears all or most of the blame for the economic troubles facing the working class.  Two-thirds of the white working class also feel that the federal government doesn't do enough to help members of their white working class.

However, less than half of college educated whites, working class blacks and Hispanics are blaming the economy on our government.  When it comes to whether our federal government should do more to help the working class, only 54 percent of educated whites agreed our government should do more, but more than two-thirds of working class blacks and Hispanics concur with their working class white peers that our government should provide more assistance.

Most members of the white working class tend to believe that politicians and government workers at all levels are ineffective at best and corrupt at worst.  Although, they’re angry with our federal government, they still want more help.  A survey of white working class voters show that they’re the backbone of President Trump’s support.  

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