At one point in the conversation, a few people asked me what I meant by smaller government. The request was a more expansive explanation than a "bumper sticker" response. A single response, I knew, wouldn't justify my stance on smaller government.
The role of the Federal Government is limited already by the United State Constitution but that hasn't prevented the Supreme Court from expanding Federal Powers through a liberal interpretation of the Commerce Claus, the Due Process Claus and most recently the tax code. The Federal Government's role should be limited to:
- Ensuring Interstate Commerce is conducted legally and ethically.
- Ensuring that our borders are secure from foreign invasion.
- Assist States in Commerce with foreign nations via trade treaties, pacts, and tariffs.
- Ensuring infrastructure is up to date and in working conditions - i.e. roads, bridges, and power grid.
- Ensuring property is secure - i.e. Police and Fire Departments.
- Ensuring that the roads, bridges, waterways, energy sources are in working condition.
- Ensuring trade within the borders of the State is conducted legally and ethically.
- Ensuring that the education system educates the populous.
What is your idea of the proper size of government? What freedoms are you willing to give up to have that size of government?