Funny how that works


Big government.

Wicked, wicked big government.

Amazing, isn’t it, how many people just can’t wait to tell you in exaggerated detail exactly how horrible it is? An endless array of groups and individuals will gladly let you know how it’s ruining pretty much every single thing on the face of the planet and how much better off we’d all be if it would magically disappear.

Well, kinda sorta.

Corporations purely hate it, right up to the point where they want that lucrative government contract or protection from foreign competition or a bailout when the going gets a little tough.

Politicians bemoan it, except when they want that job producing military base or defense contract in their district they can tout to get re-elected.

Citizens despise it, unless someone’s indulging in some personal behavior they don’t like, in which case they want Ol’ Unc to jump in and start kicking with both boots, or when misfortune in the form of a natural disaster or medical emergency or financial difficulty comes along, and then it’s “Brother can you spare a dime, or maybe a hundred grand?”

Yup, big government is an out of control behemoth trampling on our sacred rights, until unfettered self interest rears its head when – hey, presto – it miraculously transforms into a benign force for the public good.

Funny how that works.

“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Brian Johnson