An ideological right columnist said, “The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.” I heard it quoted by someone else who paraphrased it this way, “If you want small government, you have to be a big citizen.”
Programs are being cut right and left as we try to dig our way out of a HUGE debt burden that began during the last administration. Let’s not forget that government spending also crosses the aisles. During his eight years in office, President Bush increased the federal budget by 104 percent.
While the original quote was intended to make the case that larger government causes us to be small, I hear it differently, not as a finger pointing at the BAD government but as a call to Citizenry. Yes, Washington doesn’t work these days. What will we do about it? Who do we choose to care for beyond our own personal borders? What does it mean to be a Citizen?
And, will the decrease in government create Big Citizens quickly enough to bridge the gap? I’m a public radio supporter for all the reasons that people do that. It seems to run pretty much under donations. What other essential organizations deserve our open hearts and wallets?