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The Big Government We Love to Hate, Why Public Confidence is in Freefall

Blind attachment to services forces dependence, lack of incentive
Sandpoint, Idaho – People have lost confidence in government to do the right thing. The proportion trusting government has plummeted from 75% in 1960 to less than 20% today – and it is still falling.
From COVID vaccines to public education, health care and housing, Americans have grown increasingly weary and confused about big government. Yet, the paradox is that most people still want government to fix their problems. According to political scientist, Dr. Jim Payne, “Anything government attempts to provide—from schools, to pensions to medical care—is likely to end up costing more than it would be if provided on a voluntary basis.” In reality, when government gets involved in social service it costs twice as much as private provision.
Why, he wonders, do people have such a love-hate relationship with the government? He says failurism is not a well thought out intellectual position. Still, politicians promise more solutions while forcing the country (and taxpayers into greater debt). “An emotional impulse makes us want to worship government, put it on a pedestal,” says Payne.
His latest book, The Big Government with Love to Hate, slams the recent move toward Marxist-socialism (there remain only a few self-serving dictators that modern left-wingers prefer not to notice). The plunge in confidence in political leadership comes as little surprise – the faith in government simply goes unexamined. Payne asks, “Is government a rational, responsible, effective problem-solving agency?”  He observes that faith in government is blind and unexamined.
In the midst of confusion, observes Payne, old systems of government are clung to even as they are failing. Alternative systems emerge in chaos, much like what we see today. “The big government of today is not likely to be wound down in an orderly efficient way,” explains Payne. His hope for America is to see an end to the ambiguity and evasion in government. His vision is what he calls “The neighbor ideal.” This means smaller government, control of social decisions through direct personal relationship, volunteerism, and personal responsibility.

To schedule an interview contact Don Otis at 719.275.7775

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