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Argument: Big govt programs are generally ineffective

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Michael Cloud. "Why not big government? The five iron laws." The Center for Small Government: "1. Big Government Programs don’t work. Big Government Programs don’t solve the problems they were created to solve. They don’t produce the results they were intended to produce. They don’t deliver the benefits they were supposed to. Do Government Welfare Programs get people back on their feet and enable them to become self-supporting individuals? Do Government subsidies of businesses make their recipients stronger and more competitive? Big Government Economic and Social Programs don’t work."

Jennifer Kerns. "The case against big government." Fox and Hounds. January 22nd, 2010: "A recent viral e-mail I received illustrates that people have finally begun to see firsthand that 'big government' - and the big spending that comes with it - is not only wasteful, but it simply doesn't work.

Case in point:

•The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775 - they have had 234 years to get it right; it is broke. •Social Security was established in 1935 - they have had 74 years to get it right; it is now broke. •Fannie Mae was established in 1938 - they have had 71 years to get it right; it is broke. •Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965 - they have had 44 years to get it right; they are broke. •Freddie Mac was established in 1970 - they have had 39 years to get it right; it is also broke. •Trillions of dollars were spent in the massive TARP program, the Obama Administration's "Stimulus Bill" and the Appropriations Act of 2009 - none of these show any sign of improving the economy, and the Taxpayer was left picking up the tab. •Cash for Clunkers was established in 2009 - and went broke in the same year. (well, at least we're getting more expedient, aren't we?) •And the list goes on and on... •Can you even imagine what this list for California looks like?"

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