Expansion of Government: What is Necessary?

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Is there a limit to how much control the government can have over citizens? When the United States was founded, it was constructed to “restrain men from injuring one another, and otherwise leaving them free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread they earned,” but as time passes they have began to become more involved in issues that do not serve the well being of the people. Today, problems economically and socially flood the nation leaving the government in disarray. Before one can determine the limits of government, one must define the role the government has and what it is responsible for. Friedrich Hayek defined a government to be responsible to offer a minimal social safety net, and provide limited correction for failures of the market. Clearly, government is also responsible to maintain domestic peace between citizens in order to protect itself. Throughout the history of the United States, government has gone to extensive measures to carry out these responsibilities, which many citizens question the legitimacy of. The government would not have to look far for programs that do not suit this purpose. Agencies such as the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and the nations seventeen spy agencies propose not only the largest impact upon citizens, but also are some of the most costly and corrupt to the country. The Department of Justice has an annual budget of $28 billion which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigations which accounts for over $8 billion. Not only has the Federal Bureau of Investigations been practicing illegal surveillance tactics for several years, the organization has not been successful in catching any terrorist... ... middle of paper ... ...ue lines that our government has crossed in order to maintain the integrity of our nation for future generations. Individuals with liberal and conservative views need to compromise with one another on certain topics so that the nation can move forward at fixing the ongoing problems before the nation falls apart. Works Cited Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. The U.S. Information Agency. United States: Chelsea House Publishers, 1989. Brooks, Arthur C. "National Affairs." The art of limited government, March 26, 2013: 1-16. Guralnik, David B. Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language. United States of America: William Collins World Publishing, 1976. Smith, Patricia. "Watching You." The New York Times Upfront, 2013: 6-7. "Top 10 Most Useless U.S. Government Agencies." January 8 , 2013: 1-4. Torr, James D. Homeland Security. Farmington: Greenhaven Press, 2004.

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