The United States has proven that less government is the best government. After the growth of government under Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge reminded us again that our founders were correct in specifically limiting the role of government and freeing the individual to perform and achieve.
Coolidge warned about the growth of government. “No plan of centralization has ever been adopted which did not result in bureaucracy, tyranny, inflexibility, reaction, and decline.” He further argued that “unless bureaucracy is constantly resisted it breaks down representative government and overwhelms democracy.” Coolidge was successful at reducing tax rates and spending and paying down the national debt — all of which resulted in a significant period of economic expansion and full employment.
We heard the same argument under Reagan who reduced taxes after they had risen to close to 100% on a graduated scale, a rate that Franklin Roosevelt tried to impose. Tax cuts and reduced government control have always resulted in true economic growth. That is what individualism, that is what capitalism does.
Collectivism or socialism does exactly the opposite. This is what we witnessed under all Democrat presidents since Kennedy. They impose more confiscation, taxes, fees, fines, of private funds. They impose more and more regulations. They hire more and more bureaucrats. They add to the fundamental transformation openly stated by Obama. The economy suffers, but most of all the American people suffer as they live on less and have less and less freedom. Poverty and crime increase.
We have learned time after time that those of the left believe in bloated payrolls. Musk showed us firsthand that Twitter’s payroll was bloated as he greatly reduced the number of employees, which resulted in an increase in efficiency and better service.
This is true of the federal government. I can safely say it is true of all state, county, city, and public-school governments as well. Vivek Ramaswamy has it correct as he vowed to cut 1 million civilian federal employees from the government if elected to the White House next year.
Ramaswamy said he wanted to make drastic cuts to the federal government. He listed the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Department of Education, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the IRS, the Commerce Department and the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services as potential subjects for the cuts.
Ramaswamy also aims to “dismantle managerial bureaucracy” by shutting down “toxic government agencies,” eliminating federal employee unions, moving more than 75 percent of federal employees out of Washington, D.C., and “cut wasteful expenditures.”
The odds of Ramaswamy being nominated for president are very slim. Donald Trump appears to have the nomination secured. However, Trump should absolutely adopt this policy of Ramaswamy. Trump has spoken in these terms. He should be as direct about this critical policy as is Ramaswamy.
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