Richard Ebeling emails:
I have a new article on the website of the Future of Freedom Foundation,” on” This Year’s Presidential Politics Equals Continuing Big Government.”
The media focuses on the “drama” of the differences and distinctions between the candidates running for the Democratic and Republican Party nominations for the presidency of the United States. What is missed in all the minutia is the ideological and policy commonalities that link all of the candidates together, regardless of party label.
Whether on questions of Social Security, healthcare, the welfare state, foreign trade and foreign policy in general, what one finds looking at the views of the candidates is how very much they all believe in the necessity for and continuation of interventionist and statist policies with little regard for a real and true agenda for moving America in the direction of constitutionally limited government, individual rights and liberty and a free market economy.
They may vary on the type and intensity and degree of intrusiveness of the government in a wide variety of social and economic issues and foreign affairs, but they all share to one degree or another the premise that the role of the State is essential and inescapable in American life.
Unfortunately, this means that regardless of who gets the Democratic and Republican Party nominations, and who wins the general election in November, the country’s statist direction will likely continue on its ways.