For as long as I can remember, I’ve had Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and related digestive disorders. I recently was joking around with my friends trying to explain to them that my stomach’s solution to every problem, complication, or regular event seems to be to produce stomach acid. And the excessive stomach acid, which in normal amounts is necessary to break down my food, gives me regular bouts with painful stomach cramps. This in turn limits my enjoyment of eating foods I enjoy and causes delays in going places.
So how is that like Democrats? Democrats’ solution to every problem, real or perceived, is more government. Can you think of the last time the Democratic party proposed anything aside from more government? To clarify, government is necessary in moderate amounts. Government has a role in protecting our liberties, providing for the common defense, enforcing contracts, protecting the environment (from pollution, not the irrational special interest driven protection currently in effect), etc. However, when too much government intervention, regulation, and taxation exists, it hampers economic growth, incentivizes bad behavior, causes moral hazards, and creates perpetual economic busts and recessions.
There are three potential areas in which Democrats could possibly be perceived as not demanding more government involvement. The first is gay marriage. However a closer examination of the gay marriage debate reveals that at the heart of the gay marriage debate is gays receiving government benefits/incentives from being married. The libertarian view is that government should stay out of marriage, neither giving it incentives or disincentives (government incentives usually come at the expense of someone else’s dollar); therefore demonstrating that government involvement is still involved in the Democrat’s seemingly laissez-faire action. Granted, in this case Democrats aren’t solely at fault here, as Republicans like to incentivize marriage to create a solid family structure.
Next is the issue of abortion, where it could appear that they don’t want others to interfere with “women’s rights”. The are two problems with this line of thinking, one being that in order to create on demand abortions in every state instead of letting the people of each individual state decide, they had to ram it through with judicial activism in arguably the worst supreme court decision in history. The other issue is that Democrats scream like children if you try to eliminate government funding of Planned Parenthood. Just so we’re on the same page, Planned Parenthood is nonprofit organization, separate from the government; so giving them taxpayer funds to “keep on keeping on” is certainly government involvement.