Government can be agent for good

It is understandable when a person states they do not want government involved in their lives. However, I wish that person would also realize the good that government does.

This past week I saw a beautiful bald eagle feeding on a carcass on the side of the highway. It then dawned upon me that without the Endangered Species Act of 1973 that bald eagle would not exist, as they were near extinction. I then thought of the Clean Water Act of 1970 that saved our Great Lakes from becoming sewage dumps and completely revitalized them. (I can’t speak for others, but those same bodies of water initiate a certain amount of pride in living where I do. Documentaries will often mention the Great Lakes States in a glorifying manner.)

It is also government that is responsible for taking children as young as 8 years old out of the coal mines and steel mills with the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. Remember, this is at a time when the mines and mills did not have the safety standards of today.

The list could go on, but I think I’ve made my point.

Reiterating, it is understandable why people do not trust government and want as little government intervention as possible into citizens’ lives.

But, let us be objective in realizing that with some intervention we are much better for it, as the aforementioned facts prove.


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