When will we realize . . ?
When will we realize politicians, and Washington, DC politicians especially, are all on the same team. We operate under the illusion that there is some great distinction between Democrats and Republicans. We have the sense that Democrats are liberal, and Republicans are conservative. These politicians certainly talk the language of liberals and conservatives respectively, but they vote the language of bigger and more expensive government collectively. Budgets, budget deficits, federal spending, and federal programs grow regardless of who controls the Executive office, or either Congressional house. For example, George W. Bush vastly expanded the powers of the Executive office as well as federal spending, and I haven’t seen Barack Obama give back any of it. In fact, we can expect to see Executive powers continue to expand annually, regardless of who sits in the Oval Office.
The spark to this particular rant is a Cato Institute post, outlining a series of articles from the Washington Post, and the Cato Institute, discussing how there has been a seeming continuous boom of government jobs in Washington DC. This jobs boom began under the Bush administration, and has continued under the Obama administration.
Perhaps, I’m a little jaded. But it is food for thought. OK, end of rant.