Get Government Off Our Backs!
“Senator Ernest Hollings of South Carolina often told the story of the veteran who returned from Korea and went to college on the GI Bill, bought a house with a Federal Housing Administration loan, started a business with a Small Business Administration loan, got electricity from Tennessee Valley Authority, and, later, got clean water from an Environmental Protection Agency project. His parents, who were receiving Social Security, retired to a farm, got their electricity from the Rural Electrification Administration, and had their soil tested by the US Department of Agriculture. When his father became ill, the family was saved from financial ruin by Medicare, and his father’s life was saved with a drug developed through the National Institutes of Health. His kids participated in the school lunch program, learned physics from teachers trained in a National Science Foundation program, and went on to college with guaranteed student loans. He drove to work on the interstate and moored his boat in a channel dredged by the Army Corps of Engineers. When his home was flooded, he took Amtrak to Washington, DC, to apply for disaster relief, and while there, he spent some time in the Smithsonian Institution museums. One day he got mad, so he sent his congressman an angry letter. “Get the government off my back!” he wrote. “I’m tired of paying taxes for all those programs created for ungrateful people!”
Shafritz, Jay, E. W. Russell, and Christopher Borick. Introducing Public Administration. 8th ed. Boston: Pearson, 2013. Print (10-11)
There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws.