Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Big Government

"Big government had, in fact, begun with the Founding Fathers, who deliberately set up a strong central government to protect the interests of the bondholderes, the slave owners, the land speculators, the manufacturers. For the next two hundred years, the American government continued to serve the interests of the wealthy and powerful, offering millions of acres of free land to the railroads, setting high tariffs to protect manufacturers, giving tax breaks to oil corporations, and using its armed forces to suppress strikes and rebellions.

It was only in the twentieth century, especially in the thirties and sixties, when the government, beseiged by protets and fearful of the stability of the system, passed social legislation for the poor that political leaders and business executives complained about "big government."

The People's History of the United States: 1492 to the Present by Howard Zinn, page 637

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