Size and Role of the U.S. Government

During polling, the Americans usually prefer to have a very lean or small government, which would translate to enhanced efficiency and low taxes. Nevertheless, the resulting governments after the polls are usually big governments. During election periods, Americans are usually asked to choose between the political parties and the candidates, nevertheless, the decision they make are widely guided by the desire to retaining the American free enterprise traditional system or adopting the European social democracy system of governance (Saxton 23). Actually, the citizens are more concerned with choosing between managed capitalism and the free market; between over-expanding and limited government; between equalizing entrepreneurs and rewarding equal economies. According to David Brook, the perception or view that America is a big state with a functioning free market is very simplistic and idealistic.  

According to the Pew Research Centre data support, most of the Americans (70% of the interviewed) are interested in government programs that are generous and never want to miss-out them. Moreover, they (Americans) favour and like the free market economy. In addition, the research revealed that a majority also support the social insurance programs to remain intact (Saxton). As per this argument, conventional thinkers may claim that the Americans truly need a welfare state regardless of its freedom and entrepreneurship. However, the claims may be off target because Americans have to choose aspiration while at the same time they have to be very careful not to zero-rate the state. Moreover, nobody would want to privatize the army or to throw away the social security programs. Even though obtaining the right size of the government is impossible, the current government and the future governments should play the critical function of safeguarding and maintaining the welfare of the Americans (Brooks and Ryan 34).

Most Americans normally believe in the spirit of assisting the less fortunate in the society and the public private pension system. However, a majority believe that the government and the income redistribution care are an exception and not the rule.  In addition, in a survey conducted in 2009 by the Ayer McHenenry polling firm in seeking the views of Americans on their preferred size of the government in relation to the amount of tax, the majority preferred a small government with fewer services, which in turn translates to low tax (Brooks and Ryan 35). Unfortunately, the majority of the political leaders from all political parties have purposefully made a choice to focus on their individual spending programs and issues while ignoring the entire free enterprise culture of the Americans. This always leads to redistribution and statism thus undermining the government and private over limited markets (Neil, McCracken, and Spector 29).

Regardless of all these reactions and ideals, Americans should not expect all their problems to be solved by the government; otherwise, their children and grandchildren will face serious problems and challenges of wedging debts. Even though a larger percent of the Americans are for the stronger free enterprise, a smaller percentage, approximately 30% of Americans, are drawing close to the unacceptable statist America, which encourages a single acceptable program at a time.

According to Rasmussen, only a small percentage of the American population believes that America as a nation is headed into the right direction while the majority are agitated of the current federal government policies. Generally, according to Gallup, the majority of the Americans believe that a big government is a threat to the country’s development (Neil, McCracken, and Spector 44). Interestingly, Millions of Americans look up to leaders to defend the free enterprise culture. Instead, they are distracted with the government findings and the overe-exaggerated novelties.  For instance, the administration is still establishing the program’s success like the “Cash for Clunker” in handling the money borrowed to the citizens while seeking favours from industries. Indeed, big governments have larger spending habit, which require large amounts of funding, therefore, this translates large taxes, which impacts a heavy financial burden on the public. In fact, governments are the better option for the Americans.

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