Opinion

Reagan – “Government is the problem”

“Government isn’t the solution to our problems, government is the problem.” – Ronald Reagan January 20, 1981.

Finally, we think we are safe. After a long year of out-of-control spending, government borrowing, reckless cramming unread legislation by the thousands of pages down America’s throat, Congress goes home on vacation.

No such luck, Madam Speaker “We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What’s In It” called the House of Representatives back today to vote on a teacher’s union bail out bill costing taxpayers another $26 billion.

As California’s governor from 1967 to 1975, Ronald Reagan constantly challenged the liberal democratic controlled legislature of California and then again as President asked:

“If money is the answer to our educational problems, has the government found some new source other than our pockets? And if the government increases the amount it takes from those pockets, is it not decreasing the amount left for taxation, for contributions to private educational and charitable institutions?”

Does Ms. Pelosi’s vacation crashing call to rob Americans really bail out teachers? If so where does it come from?

And does it really create a desperately needed support for general education as if it is a “do or die” proposition, which must happen this week?

Or, as it really appears, it is a desperate summer vacation move to shore up public teacher employee union support for Democrat Party benefactors less than 90 days before the general elections?

The shamelessness never seems to end.  Reagan made it clear when he said of big government ruler mentality:

“When government gets too big, freedom is lost. Government is supposed to be the servant. But when a government can tax the people with no limit or restraint on what the government can take, then the government has become the master. Government’s track record at problem solving is not all that good. Far too often, government does not solve the problem, but simply subsidizes it.” – Reagan, Man of Principle, John Harmer.

James Michael Pratt is a New York Times bestselling novelist and non-fiction author, CEO of PowerThink Publishing, public speaker, Op Ed writer for The Daily Caller, and Founder of Reagan Revolution 2. Email: james@powerthink.com.