“Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem”, Ronald Reagan famously once asserted. The quote comes from Reagan’s inaugural address, and that is not even close to the complete phrase. What Reagan said was:
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden.
Since long before the Reagan Administration, the Republican Party has been made up of the elites who wanted to make sure that the government did not function. They wanted the Government to be the problem and not the solution all the while making as much money off of the government as they could. This is why they have lowered taxes with this inane idea that the lower the taxes the better the economy. No one ever seemed to really question the fact that they were lowering the taxes on themselves. Of the top fifty wealthiest members of Congress, close to four-fifths of them are Republicans.
House Speaker Boehner and the other Republicans are pushing to keep their own taxes low while shifting the burden on the Middle Class. Much of this has to do with the fact that Republicans do not want government to work. They see it as a means to shift money to their pockets and not to keep the economy running.
This is why the Republicans tend to be “penny wise and pound foolish”. Rather than, say, beefing up enforcement of laws governing fraud in Medicare and Medicaid, they make it harder to get onto the program. In order to “combat corruption”, they increase the bureaucracy involved in actually doing anything to the point that it becomes nigh on impossible to do anything. For instance, Vermont has had to wait more than a year to even get an estimate on what FEMA will pay the state with regards to rebuilding two government buildings. That is correct. It has been a year. Anyone who has had to file for SSDI or any government program has been shown the impossibility of the bureaucracy, and yet, they never realize that this all is there because of the desire to break government and make government inefficient.
The deficit, the debt, and many of the problems facing the government right now could easily be fixed if Congress would just do what we know works, make the government efficient rather than claiming to make government smaller by stripping away the protections that keep the government coffers from being looted, and actually stop being selfish and raise their own taxes.
Simply put, Boehner and company are being selfish little twerps by not being willing to sacrifice anything of their own personal gain so that everyone else has to suffer.