Would You Push the Button to Make Government Small?

by Michael Cloud

 

Are you one of the millions of Americans opposed to Big Government? Are you frustrated with the costs and consequences? Are you fed up with the price and pain caused by Big Government Programs?

Do you like the idea of small government? Do you like what you've heard and read about features, functions, and benefits of small government?

Aren't these a few of the reasons you came here?

Many people understand and agree with the idea of small government, but don't think it's possible.

Read on and see what you think.

Some people like the idea of small government, but believe it's an impossible dream. Others wistfully fantasize about small government, but believe it's politically impossible. Still others believe that small government faces overwhelming opposition and odds.

Let's question these beliefs - and see where your answers take you.

1. Small government is an impossible dream. A hopeless, futile cause.

You may be right. Maybe small government is an impossible, utopian fantasy. Maybe it is a futile quest.

But if it were possible , if we could make government small, would you want it?

Why?

2. Voters will never go for small government. It's politically impossible.

You might be right. Maybe they will never vote to make government small.

But if a majority of them did change their minds, if they did vote for small government, would you want it?

Why?

3. There are too many people who benefit from Big Government Programs. They'll overwhelm and defeat every attempt to make government small.

You could be right. Maybe those who profit from Big Government will irresistibly and inevitably crush every effort to make government small.

But if were possible to recruit, educate, and activate enough small government voters to win, would you want it?

Why?

If you answered "No," then you don't want small government. Your answers to "Why?" will give your reasons.

If you answered "Yes," you do want small government. Please take a few minutes now to write down your reasons. You may want to list the reasons you don't want Big Government and do want small government.

Let's raise the stakes.

If there were a button in front of you, and by pushing that button, you could immediately make government small, would you push the button?

Why?

If you answered "No," you probably don't want small government yet. Your answers to "Why?" will explain your objections.

If you answered, "Yes," you're probably serious about taking action to make government small. Take a few minutes now to write down why you would push the button.

If you answered, "It depends," you're probably willing to take action to make government small - providing that it's done in ways that minimize harm to the innocent and enable individuals to quickly get back on their feet and become self-supporting.

Let's apply this question to specific Big Government Programs.

If there were a button in front of you, and by pushing that button, you could totally privatize Social Security - get it entirely out of the hands of government, put control and responsibility back in each worker's hands - would you push the button?

Why?

If there were a button you could push that would end government involvement in education, and give back authority and responsibility for education to parents, students, and teachers, would you push the button?

Why?

If there were a button in front of you that would end government welfare programs - end taxing, funding, and involvement - and put charity back in the hands of families, communities, churches, and charities, would you push the button?

Why?

You can apply the "push the button" test to Big Government itself - or to specific Big Government Programs.

The "push the button" test is more than a "Yes" or "No" litmus test. It helps each of us zero in on concerns, problems, and obstacles we need to handle as we dismantle Big Government Programs.

It's simple. Concrete. Memorable.

Whenever you're unsure of what you want to do about a Big Government Program, apply the "push the button" test. Just ask yourself:

  1. If there were a button in front of you, and by pushing that button, you could immediately repeal/end/remove [government program or law], would you push the button?
  2. Why?
  3. What are your reasons? How would things be dramatically different or better if you pushed the button? What would be the biggest and best benefits?
  4. How else would we directly and immediately profit from ending this Big Government Program or law?

One last question.

And a small request.

If there were a button in front of you, and by pushing that button, you could immediately take the first step toward making government small, would you push the button?

 

Please "Push the Button" by clicking here.

by Michael Cloud rev c 2005