October 6, 2014

Will: Can We Trust Government?

The Obama administration’s answer to nearly every crisis is, “Trust us.” Yet time and again they prove untrustworthy. Political analyst George Will noted part of the reason for this: Government does everything. “What isn’t its job nowadays?” Will asked. “It’s fine tuning the curriculum of our students K-12. It’s monitoring sex on campuses. It’s deciding how much ethanol we should put in our gas tanks. It has designed our light bulbs. And it’s worried sick over the name of the Washington football team. This is a government that doesn’t know when to stop.” This is the terminus of progressive ideology, says Will. To the progressive, government is “a a) benign, that is, disinterested force – that’s false – and b) it is stocked with experts who are really gifted at doing things.” Neither is actually true. In the end, he says, “I think we have much more to fear from excessive faith in government than from too little faith in government.”

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