We all remember being taught in school about the Three Branches of Government: legislative, executive, and judicial. But, perhaps a new branch has sprung up while no one was looking. Perhaps a new branch was created over time, with the American people sitting idly by.
We were all told that it was necessary with the growth of the country, that it was necessary with the changing of the times.
The Fourth Branch of Government, the Bureaucracy, has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. It’s grown to hold millions of employees. Billions upon billions are spent yearly on and by this new branch of government.
It harbors a vast array of regulatory powers. This power constrains businesses, impedes economic growth, and crushes entrepreneurs’ dreams of innovating. Ultimately, it limits what individuals may purchase.
The problem with this vast branch of government is simple: it contains way too much power. It wields it quite well too, and I don’t really need to point out much; but here are a few examples of this power:
- Rain tax
- Mandatory seat belts
- Prescription Drugs
- The NSA (in general)
They might not mean much to you, but it goes back to me saying that this branch contains too much power. If people wanted seat belts in a car, then they’d buy a car with seat belts. If they didn’t want them, then they’d buy cars without them. Same thing with airbags, which a lot of people don’t want.
The Rain Tax was instated in Maryland by the state government after lots of pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), so they could get funding for a project used to help reduce run-off to the Chesapeake Bay. So they came up with this, and it passed. The base fee is $100, but fees are mostly to be calculated via the surface area of “properties as the theory is that roofs, driveways, and carparks create more potential for drainage problems and water contamination”. How will they do this? Naturally, of course, by drone.
Then there’s the NSA. This government institution is one hell of a problem for everyone. They know what you do basically most if not all of the time. They say you have nothing to fear, but there’s always something to fear when it involves the government. They say it’s for protecting us against terrorists, and those pesky “anti-government extremists” (which they later defined as basically the majority of conservative, tea party, and libertarian groups, if not all.)
My point is this; we’ve allowed the Federal government to grow too big, gain too much power, and take more control of our daily lives and purchasing power. But, as usual, many still won’t care. Many won’t say it affects them. They’ll simply ignore the issue. The government loves that. The less people awake to realize this all, the more power they can grant themselves.
It’s important to stress the amount of power that’s been taken from the people over time. It’s time to stop this nonsense. It’s time to end crappy departments like the Department of Energy, Education, and the IRS. It’s time to repeal stupid, pointless laws like the ACA, and many more that infringe on the free market.
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