IN AMERICAN HISTORY THERE HAVE BEEN TWO COMPETING IDEOLOGICAL THOUGHTS ABOUT THE ROLE OF GOVENMENT.
One is that government is too big and ineffective, leading to stereotypical statements about social programs.
Critics of government being ineffective began to emerge in protest to the New Deal policies of President Franklin Roosevelt, which helped to establish a strong middle class.
What is often forgotten is how much government has been a force of good in society.
Consider: public health programs, the interstate highway system, Federal Deposit Insurance, consumer protection laws, the GI Bill, anti-discrimination policies, the expansion of the country toward the West, and basic scientific research.
As to financial regulation, Paul Starr of the American Prospect writes:
“Financial regulation reduces the likelihood of old-fashioned panics, raises conﬁdence in the markets, and increases the efﬁciency of capital allocation.
Overall government spending plays a countercyclical role, helping to prevent downturns from becoming depressions.”
Government is not the enemy. We still need it to help solve some of our biggest political issues from income inequality to heath care.
Sergio Mota, of Sebastian Fl. is an active voice for progressive change. At age 21, in 2015 he ran unsuccessfully for Sebastian City Council, but received over 3,700 votes. He is once again a candidate for Sebastian City Council.