Ending the Era of the Free Lunch Jeffrey Dorfman

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Ending the Era of the Free Lunch  by  Jeffrey Dorfman

Ending the Era of the Free Lunch by Jeffrey Dorfman
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More and more, governments in America (and Europe) are passing out free benefits that would shock us if we stopped and thought about when it became the role of government to do that. For example, medical care, school nutrition programs, mortgageMoreMore and more, governments in America (and Europe) are passing out free benefits that would shock us if we stopped and thought about when it became the role of government to do that.

For example, medical care, school nutrition programs, mortgage subsidies, corporate welfare programs, farm subsidies, and countless smaller federal, state, and local programs. You can even get a free cell phone and service now. This proliferation of government benefits is responsible for a considerable amount of the growth in the size of government.The original role of the federal government of the United States was limited by the Constitution. The founders envisioned a small federal government, overseeing only such things that states could not take care of themselves, mainly foreign policy, national defense, and ensuring the smooth functioning of interstate commerce.

That was exactly what the federal government did for its first 150 years. Over the last century, the federal government’s role has changed beyond recognition. Today even state and local governments are providing services that such governments did not provide historically.

Free lunches are everywhere and lots of people are getting them.The recent recession of 2007-2009 and the explosion of federal government spending that was supposed to ease the recession’s effects brought many of these free lunch excesses into focus. Free lunches are so widespread today that it is impossible for politicians and advocates to hide them from the general public. The last five years have brought the costs of the era of the free lunch to the front of the national political debate (with special thanks to Tea Party groups).

We are now realizing government of this size and scope is neither affordable nor sustainable for the long run. Eventually, someone somewhere has to pay for the lunch and the bill is coming due.This book has several goals. First, I hope this book will reveal the size and scope of this proliferation of the free lunch, something that may have escaped the notice of many people. It is easy to think of government as providing needed services, perhaps with some unnecessary and wasteful programs thrown in. I believe without stopping and thinking carefully few people realize how much of what the government does is really not providing a service to everybody (like police protection), but, instead, is taxing one group in order to give another group a free lunch (like farm subsidies).

Second, this book will also document the time line along which the free lunch spread, with the goal of showing that while it is not a recent invention, it has exploded in terms of volume in the last ten or twenty years. Finally, I hope to use this book to convince people that the solution to our current government financial woes (huge deficits and debt) should not be a timid one, like freezing spending until revenues catch up, but instead should consist of a widespread rolling back of government programs to begin Ending the Era of the Free Lunch.



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