Reminder: The US “federal” government spends almost twice what the communist regime does in China (with 1/4 the population).
It endlessly wages war, spies on everyone all the time, regulates the market into oblivion, has a laundry list of gun control measures on the books, manipulates the economy with its central bank – causing the boom-bust cycle that has hurt millions, it rips people off through massive tax schemes – and asset forfeiture, funds a propaganda machine called “public education,” claims the power of “indefinite detention,” forces the doctrine of qualified immunity on all 50 states, has a military budget larger than the next 10 countries combined, runs up debts that can’t be repaid and will cause economic misery for generations…
…and plenty more. I could spend all day pointing out the crimes of the imperial government in Washington D.C.
To me, it is the greatest threat to liberty on earth. There is no reason to defend this organization, ever.
They certainly don’t need it. Or deserve it.
And here’s Jeff Deist from Mises:
Constitutionally, there are only three federal crimes: treason, piracy, and counterfeiting. No standing federal police agencies or apparatus are required to enforce these; in fact the latter appears to be the express policy of our central bank. There should not be federal agents, overt or covert, in Portland. The riots taking place there are criminal matters for local authorities and local authorities alone. If residents and local politicians prefer to give the mob freedom to run amok over both public (taxpayer) and private property, while also threatening the physical safety of ordinary citizens, Uncle Sam has nothing to say about it. But the same people who demanded endless growth in the federal police and regulatory state ought to be more circumspect today. A cynic might call them hypocrites.