Principle: PRO-Limited Government

As more Americans increasingly become more dependent on government assistance, it becomes that much harder to find the will to reduce the size of that government. Rational adults simply do not want to bite the hand that feeds them. By growing government, however, our liberty becomes more and more threatened, as our founding father clearly warned against when creating our constitutional government.

Washington Times – Kim R. Holmes – Why is it so difficult to reform government? The easy answers are well-known. Too many people depend on it for Social Security checks and other benefits. Too many businesses profit from its contracts, subsidies and tax breaks. Any reform means pain for someone. And, of course, politicians get elected by delivering its services.But there is a more fundamental reason: It’s how we think about government. Reform is assumed to mean only improving the efficiency and effectiveness of existing programs. Reduce cost here; streamline a process there, and all is well. The default position is that if a problem exists, even if it is caused by government itself, the only viable solution is more regulation and spending — i.e., more government.That was the mistake of Obamacare. Government had already regulated and controlled America’s health care industry for decades. Much of the exorbitant costs and inefficiencies were due to a lack of competition caused by government. The insurance industry was heavily regulated as well. And yet the culprit was supposed to be the private insurance companies and the doctors who somehow were thought to be purely private actors.

Read more at: HOLMES: Why government is so hard to reform – Washington Times.

Obama to become America’s first dictator? He should be, according to a Washington Post opinion writer who says that term limits for US Presidents should be abolished. Term limits for US Presidents is one of our earliest precendents, set when our First President, George Washington, stepped down after two terms in office. This precendent became law in 1951 as the 22nd Amendment of our US Constitution. Now, if we could only pass term-limits for members of Congress. – As President Obama faces a small revolt within his own party, a Washington Post op-ed is calling for the United States to end presidential term limits and allow him to run again in 2016.“Barack Obama should be allowed to stand for re election just as citizens should be allowed to vote for — or against — him,” writes New York University Jonathan Zimmerman professor of history and education. “Anything less diminishes our leaders and ourselves.”Zimmerman argues that the president would enjoy more deference on such unpopular initiatives as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the recent nuclear-arms deal with Iran if he had a legal opportunity to seek additional terms in office.

Read more at: Washington Post op-ed: Repeal presidential term limits | The Daily Caller.

In the age of out-of-control federal government spending and growth, it is the Constitution that Congress should turn to on how to limit government. It is the power of the federal government that is limited in our Constitution, allowing states to find their own legislative way

The New American – The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.

This is the proper delegation of power in the Constitution as defined by James Madison in Federalist 45.

A recent piece published by Cato echoed Madison’s description.

Roger Pilon, the author of the article, recounts events in American history when the president in one case and Congress in another refused to fund endeavors that were not exercises of constitutionally enumerated powers.

Read more at: Congress Must Follow Constitution to Limit Government.