C. S. Lewis on the Tyranny of the Nanny State

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. ”

C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock
(Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1972), 292.

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Parasitic Government

Charles Krauthammer, from Special Report with Bret Baier, Monday, April 16, 2012, about the House hearings on the GSA spending scandal:

“What Representative Cummings said was quite interesting because he said it’s a basic tenet of government that it’s not your money. It’s the taxpayers’ money. But he’s missing the point. It’s a basic tenet of human nature that if you’re spending other people’s money you’ll be less careful than you would than with your own. And that’s the central argument against big government.

“Apart from the content of the programs or the objective of the programs, it’s a fact that the government exists—parasitically—on the money of the taxpayers, and everything it spends is something that’s been sucked out of the private economy. And intrinsically, that money being spent by a bureaucrat rather than by the person who originally had the money, is going to be spent with more negligence, and more waste, and more disregard for the ultimate good than if it were in the hand of the private citizen.

“That’s why Obama will suffer. The Obama administration isn’t responsible for [the GSA Las Vegas spending scandal]. This undoubtedly happened in Bush years and other years. It’s intrinsic. However, Obama and the Democrats are the party of government who believe in expanding it, have expanded it, and want it to continue to expand. The Republicans are the party of smaller government. And as a result, when government does crazy things that are offensive to the people who support it, it will hurt the party of government. It will hurt Obama.”