Tea Party issues: Bailouts, Spending, Taxes, Big Government, Health Care Reform, Global Warming, Gun Control, Elections, etc...The Old South Meeting House is where the patriots met to plan the Boston Tea Party.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Views on 'big government' may shape election outcome
It's a debate as old as Jefferson and Hamilton: how big a role should the federal government play in the lives of Americans. The age-old debate is as vigorous as ever as the fall congressional elections approach. While it's far from the only issue on the minds of voters, their general view of government may determine if Democrats keep control of Congress - and if President Barack Obama retains the political upper hand. The Obama White House, admirers and critics agree, has intervened more in the U.S. economy than any Democratic administration since Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s. LBJ created a slew of social-welfare programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, as part of his Great Society program. Yet the policies have also stirred fierce opposition and spawned the rise of a new political force of a loosely knit group known as the Tea Party. They've raised anew concerns about the size and scope of the national government. How much should the government tax? How much should it spend? What should it regulate? And what should it leave to markets or ordinary citizens to work out?...more
Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.