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Washington vs. the People: To prevent abuses of government power we have to reduce government power.
National Review Online ^ | May 16, 2013 | Sen. Mike Lee

Posted on 05/16/2013 2:45:50 PM PDT by neverdem

The recent scandals that have rocked the White House represent Americans’ worst fears about big government: Your government is spying on you; your government is targeting you; and your government is lying to you. Americans should be outraged, but they should not be surprised.

It would be wrong to view the controversy over the IRS scandal as a typical Republican vs. Democrat squabble. The IRS is a powerful agency that can influence nearly every decision Americans make through its authority to tax and regulate. The IRS grows stronger and more powerful the more the federal government spends and borrows.

Organizations and individuals who promote fiscal responsibility, balanced budgets, greater government accountability, and more local autonomy present a threat to the structure that gives the IRS its power. It should not come as a surprise, then, that the culture of the IRS would promote enhanced scrutiny of these groups.

This has nothing to do with what party is in power. That’s why Americans should not mistake this for a battle between Republicans and Democrats. They should understand that it is a fight between Washington and everyone else.

Consider other examples of this fight between Washington and the people. The Associated Press, hardly a right-wing organization, is now a victim of privacy violations and excessive overreach by the Department of Justice. Private companies are being strong-armed by the Department of Health and Human Services to contribute to a “voluntary” fund to promote Obamacare. The administration’s response to the sequester — which cut a paltry sum from Washington’s $3.7 trillion budget — was to punish innocent Americans with long lines at airports and no more White House tours. The Environmental Protection Agency is accused of waiving fees for favored environmental groups but not for right-leaning organizations.

Though the recent examples involve a Democratic administration, Republicans have shown they are just as tempted to abuse the power of government. At its core, the IRS scandal is not the result of one political party attacking another. It is the inevitable consequence of a federal government that has gotten too big and too expensive to control. The federal government’s massive bureaucracy is inherently dysfunctional, corrupt, intolerant, and incompetent — regardless of who is in charge. These are not random incidents perpetrated by bad actors. They are systemic features of the $4 trillion enterprise known as the federal government.

To a certain extent, the president is justified in shifting blame on to others. How could any one person be responsible for everything that goes on in his administration?

Unfortunately for the president, his best defense is the same reason Americans should reject his liberal agenda to make the federal government more powerful, more intrusive, and more involved in the decisions we make. The bigger government gets, the less control the president has and the more opportunities there are for abuse. And that means less freedom and security for the rest of us.

When the IRS can harass tea-party groups, when the Department of Justice can monitor reporters’ conversations, when the EPA can adopt double standards for ideological allies and opponents, when Health and Human Services regulators can openly extort the businesses they regulate — in short, when there is no accountability — we are no longer citizens but subjects.

Conservatives often have a difficult time explaining why we support a smaller, more limited federal government. These scandals make that job a little easier. It’s not that we don’t like government, but we don’t like government intimidating and harassing media outlets, businesses, citizen organizations, or anyone else in the manner these scandals have brought to light.

And we understand that because this kind of corruption and incompetence is inherent in any massive, unaccountable organization, simply passing a new law will not solve the problem. To prevent the next abuse of government power, we need to reduce government power.

— Mike Lee is a U.S. Senator from Utah and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: govtabuse; mikelee; obama; tyranny
Mike Lee sounds short and sweet. Plus, he gets it! We are headed toward a massively corrupt and dysfunctional government not seen since the communist Soviet Union!
1 posted on 05/16/2013 2:45:50 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: Artcore; pennyfarmer; glock rocks; Max in Utah; Utah Binger; dsutah


2 posted on 05/16/2013 2:48:19 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

Maybe it is time for our side to “never let a crisis go to waste”
and push through “The Fair Tax” while the momentum is there.

3 posted on 05/16/2013 2:48:39 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: neverdem

Flat tax, and a stake through the heart of deathcare!

4 posted on 05/16/2013 2:58:16 PM PDT by glock rocks ("If not us, who? If not now, when?" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: neverdem
Repealing the 16th and 17th amendments would go a long way in restoring the original republic.

Appomattox was a tragedy not a victory.

5 posted on 05/16/2013 3:00:54 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Repeal The 17th
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
6 posted on 05/16/2013 3:10:12 PM PDT by EBH (Warning this person is a Catholic, Tea Party Patriot, and owns a copy of Atlas Shurgged)
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To: Repeal The 17th; glock rocks; central_va
You'll get no argument from me.

Listen live is on the top right Levin's on a roll!

7 posted on 05/16/2013 3:17:25 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

Maybe it’s time for spending cuts instead of bait-and-switch schemes for new taxes.

8 posted on 05/16/2013 4:10:51 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: central_va; Repeal The 17th
>> Repealing the 16th and 17th amendments would go a long way in restoring the original republic.

Liberty is impossible without their repeal.

Mark Levin, at least once a week, teases his audience with the contents of his latest book, to be released late this summer. He repeatedly reminds us that reform will not come from the Beltway. That means us and the States. That means Article V.

9 posted on 05/17/2013 1:51:31 AM PDT by Jacquerie (The 17th Amendment must go.)
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Amen! Preach it, brother!

10 posted on 05/17/2013 3:38:12 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Jacquerie
That means Article V.

The only solution is secession of a state or states. This may lead to another Civil War but it will be worth it if some states can escape.

Sorry bit Article V is a pipe dream. Half the nations people are devout socialists and cannot occupy the same geo political space. If Mark writes a book like that, I will not buy it nor read it.

We are a nation divided.

11 posted on 05/17/2013 3:44:29 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: neverdem

He is just mouthing off.

To eliminate tyranny, tyrants must be exterminated.

This Government is people is tyrants

12 posted on 05/17/2013 4:22:23 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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