and even the Social Security Administration says: the Court, it seemed, got the message and suddenly shifted its course. Beginning with a set of decisions in March, April and May 1937 (including the Social Security Act cases) the Court would sustain a series of New Deal legislation, producing a constitutional revolution in the age of Roosevelt. Further, the creation of the Social Security Administration in 1935 was an expansion of federal power, based on the Taxing Power of the Federal Government, initially set out in Article I, Sections 8 and 9 of the Constitution, and expanded by the Sixteenth Amendment. While the sixteenth amendment is going to stand, that doesn’t make it right (and for the “wing-nut view” search for Minnesota in this document to see what states may not have approved the amendment, or may have done so in violation of their state constitutions).
An Expansion of Powers
Even if Social Security is Constitutional, it means a huge expansion of the Federal Government. I don’t like that idea. The problem with big government is that even when a problem is solved, such as the need for alcohol-enforcement agents at the end of prohibition, government seldom shrinks. Those agents who should have been dumped at the end of prohibition in 1933 were given something to do with the passage of the National Firearms Act of 1934. Rather than doing away with an agency whose time had passed, that agency was expanded and given new license to poke its nose into our lives.
Over time, government (at all levels) has grown from employing just over six percent of the population in the early sixties to nearly eight percent of the population today, and sixteen percent of the labor force. And that doesn’t count contractors, who are a growing percentage of the population, too.
To use what’s probably a more accurate measure, looking at dollars, rather than people, government spending has grown from 24 percent to 30 percent in the same time. If you go back to before the...