“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” — Thomas Jefferson, to Archibald Stuart, 1791.
In this day and age we are seeing the effects of too much government — governments that believe they must regulate every minute detail of our lives, our business transactions, what we can and cannot do on our properties, what we can eat or how it is made. It is simply staggering to see the amount of government intrusion into our basic freedoms.
The more we expand government powers and regulations, the more money it costs to run the government, because they will need to hire more people to carry out and enforce the new regulations. All of these new expenses require money, so the government will either raise taxes or borrow money so that the next generation will pay for it.
Or they will impose massive fees, which will stifle economic growth and restrict the ability of the business community to effectively and efficiently serve the community.
The best and most effective way for government to serve is to simply get out of the way. Less regulation and less taxes will create more prosperity and more opportunity.
Less government will produce more liberty, both economically and personally. I adhere to the Jeffersonian view of government that “the government that governs least, governs best.”
I say, “less we can.”
Boda is a candidate for Salisbury City Council.
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