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Bob Schieffer Gets It Wrong

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Today my wife and I were watching Face the Nation. We were doing a lot of hollering at the TV, but that is not unusual anymore. But this moment was in a class by itself.

There was a panel discussion with Peggy Noonan, Bob Schieffer and Ed O’Keefe [transcript]. They were all commenting on the state of the country, when Schieffer said:

People have come to the conclusion that politicians will say and do anything and they don’t see it making much difference. I mean the purpose of government is to improve the lives of our citizens, not to entertain us. And I think many people think that it’s not doing that.

No, that is not the purpose of government. The fact that Schieffer and others believe “the purpose of government is to improve the lives of our citizens” is what got us into the problem we have today. Since the New Deal government has been improving the lives of our citizens. How is that working for you?

The people I have known in sales always tell me:

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

The purpose of government is to lay down the ground rules — the laws — that we live by and enforce them equally for all citizens. It is our responsibility to improve our own lives. You are the only person who can improve your own life, because you are the expert in your own life and what improvement would actually look like.

As long as we have people looking to government to improve their lives, we are going to be stuck in this mess.

As not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for yourself.


Written by srojak

July 17, 2016 at 7:50 pm

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