Limiting the Power of the Federal Government

Best Essays
There is a disease running rampant on the streets of Washington DC. It is a disease that cripples the economy, destroys jobs and leaves Americans living on the streets. Inordinate spending perpetuates the sickness and corrupt politicians keep the cure at bay. Federal expansion is ruining the lives of American citizens and creating a society of impecunious and pusillanimous citizens, unable and unwilling to speak out against the higher power which controls every aspect of their lives. “Where are our (sic) Men of abilities? Why do they not come forth to save their Country?” George Washington once inquired to his fellow man, now, many Americans may find themselves asking this same question as the country continues its spiral downwards (Mizell). The overall expansion of the federal government in the past decade has proven to be detrimental to the welfare of the same American citizens it vows to be “for” and “by” in the United States Constitution. Reckless spending, childish bickering and “half-baked” politicians proclaim the fact that major federal downsizing, and a power-shift from federal to individual states is what is necessary for the well being of the country; the national Congress can no longer effectively perform its tasks.
Reckless spending is the federal government’s main issue today. The private sector of the military has escalated its spending to over 200 billion dollars a year, while on the opposite side of the spectrum, Social Security will have used up its “trust” fund by the year 2033 and at that point, will only be paying out 76 percent of the benefits that it promises (Clemmitt). Yet, in this scenario, Social Security and the military are not the problem. In fact, many Americans fear the loss of these pr...

... middle of paper ...

...Sept. 2013: n.pag.
Hawkins, John. “The 20 Best Quotes From Ayn Rand.” Townhall, 20 July. 2012. Web. 12 November. 2013.
Jost, Kenneth. “Re-examining the Constitution.” CQ Researcher. Web. 7 Sept. 2012: n.pag.
Jost, Kenneth. “Supreme Court Controversies.” CQ Researcher. Web. 28 Sept. 2012: n.pag.
“Key Events in the History of Government Shutdowns (sidebar).” Issues & Controversies. Web. 9 Sept. 2013: n.pag.
Mizell, Jack. “Where is George Washington When We Need Him?” WGEA, 6 July. 2013. Web. 30 November. 2013.
“Obama Calls Impact of Government Shutdown 'Heartbreaking'.” Issues & Controversies. Web. 5 Oct. 2013: n.pag.
“U.S. Debt Crisis Follow-Up: Congress Fails to Make Deal, Triggering Automatic Spending Cuts.” Issues & Controversies. Web. 11 Mar. 2013: n.pag.
“Update: States' Rights.” Issues & Controversies On File. Web. 24 Oct. 2003: n.pag.
Get Access