Amit Ghate OpEd on Principled Government

 Posted by on 16 September 2009 at 4:00 am  Activism, Government
Sep 162009

PajamasMedia has published Amit Ghate’s latest OpEd, “We Need a Return to Principled Government“.

Here is the introduction:

It’s widely recognized that our government is in dire shape. Our annual deficits are in the trillions of dollars. Unfunded entitlement programs run many times that. Lobbyists and earmarking rule Washington. Special interests, including public-sector unions, environmental groups, the AARP, and countless others, vie against one another for exorbitant privileges — all meted out at taxpayers’ expense.

Our most responsible mainstream news venues, like Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, often carry stories exposing the sobering facts. The analyses are penetrating, succinct, and eloquent. But the recommendations? Timid and trite. The best they can offer is to advise moderation: slow the growth of government here, cut back a program there, oppose a few details of the most onerous regulations, but basically resign oneself to the status quo.

It wasn’t always so. When faced with more difficult problems, our Founding Fathers imagined, created, and then fought for a radically new idea of government. Why were they able to do so, when our modern leaders and pundits can’t?…

(Read the full text of “We Need a Return to Principled Government“.)

Please feel free to link to it, leave supportive comments, and e-mail it to friends, family, elected officials, etc.

Congratulations, Amit!

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