Published in The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, October 2002 by D.W. MacKenzie
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This article illustrates just how large government at all levels has become.
Do we really want governments so powerful that they can do the things described in this article?
How have we let this happen? Will we ever be able to shrink the size and intrusiveness of government? Even under a president who labels himself a conservative, government spending has grown rapidly. Even the most modest proposals to take away power from the government and give it back to the people appear to have no chance of success. The proposal for social security private accounts is an example of this.