Government And The United States Government

1869 Words Dec 11th, 2015 8 Pages
Government has been a necessity for man for as long as recorded history, and this is because mankind cannot effectively regulate themselves. In the words of James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary” (51). That is not the case in today 's society, nor will it ever be under those circumstances. Since government is vital to the success of the country as a whole, what way, size, or fashion would be the most efficient and beneficial to the people? The United States government is large in size, influence, and power. The size of the government has become too large and should be restricted to a smaller government because it is costly, often inefficient, too powerful, and usurping states rights.
The criteria for a smaller United States government would be considered one with a minimal amount of employees, does not write excessive amounts of regulation, does not allocate money to services that the private sector could provide, such as plumbing, water, electricity, garbage services, and is restricted from gaining excessive power over the people. In essence, government should do the basic tasks outlined in the constitution. According to article one section eight of the Constitution, the basic tasks would consist of making roads, running the post office, and protecting the nation from outside attack. As Supreme Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr once said, “The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.” In other…
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