By J.D. Tuccille, Reason
It’s good fun to mock politicians’ inability to keep their pants on and to wage culture war against those awful people on the other side of the political divide, but at some point we’re going to have to pay some attention to a growing problem in our midst. While we rubberneck at freak-show headlines, the deeply flawed officials who provide so much distraction have expanded the size and power of the government they control to an extent not seen since the days of global warfare, with no plan for restraining or even sustaining the behemoth they’ve created.
“The U.S. effort in World War II was off the charts,” Calvin Woodward of the AP reported last month. “Battles spread over three continents and four years, 16 million served in uniform and the government shoved levers of the economy full force into defeating Nazi Germany and imperial Japan. All of that was cheaper for American taxpayers than this pandemic.”