On Morning Joe Wednesday, former Obama Senior Strategist David Axelrod essentially pleaded ignorance on behalf of his former boss when MSNBC host Joe Scarborough asked him what he would tell his University of Chicago politics class about the recent IRS scandal.
“Well, look, it’s an interesting case study, right, because if you look at the Inspector General’s report, apparently some folks down in the, bureaucracy, ya know — we have a large government — took it upon themselves to shorthand these applications for tax exempt status in a way that, as I said, was idiotic,” Axelrod began. “Part of being president is, there is so much beneath you that you can’t know, because the government is so vast.”
More than a few people were surprised to see Obama’s Chief Dog Robber make the case for smaller government.
Ever since FDR took office the trend has been for the growth of a big, centralized federal government. It didn’t happen overnight, and it was done with the best of intentions. And ironically all that growth of the federal bureaucracy did nothing to stop the growth of state and local governments.
When Wall Street melted down in October 2008 (helping Obama to win the election) we heard the term “too big to fail” in reference to some of our nation’s banks. What that expression means is not that big banks can’t fail, it means we can’t allow them to fail. That’s why we had to bail them out.
At the time I said “Any bank that is too big to fail is too damn big”. In that same vein let me say “Any government that is too big to control is too damn big”.
Don’t get me wrong – we need government. But government, like fire, is a poor servant and a terrible master.
To quote Votermom:
The virtue of a government is inversely proportional to its size.