The articles and subsequent amendments of the U.S. Constitution limit the federal government to only eight categories.
1. Defense, war prosecution, peace, foreign relations, foreign commerce and interstate commerce. 2. The protection of citizens' constitutional rights (e.g the right to vote) and ensuring that slavery remains illegal. 3. Establishing federal courts inferior to the SCOTUS. 4. Copyright protection. 5. Coining money. 6. Establishing post offices and post roads. 7. Establishing a national set of universal weights and measures. 8. Taxation needed to raise revenue to perform these essential functions.
Given these limits, I am outraged by our current federal government, both Republican and Democrat, exceeding these limits.
I see a "government gone wild" in its social welfare and economic programs: welfare without a work requirement, food stamps, farm subsidies, substandard education, home mortgage subsidies, progressive taxation and Obamacare.
All of these programs for the most part possess good and noble intentions -- helping those who need help. But in fulfilling the good intentions, there are unintended consequences.
The progressive taxation and redistribution of income from the wealthy to the needy is often the very money that would help the needy to get a job and escape the welfare slavery in which they find themselves. Welfare policies are written so that it doesn't pay most welfare recipients to get a job. Raising the minimum wage provides a disincentive to seek higher-paying employment. Progressive taxation is a disincentive for any citizen who pays little or no taxes but yet gets a refund.
And if these disincentives don't work, we have a substandard education system with many substandard union teachers and administrators who don't educate. We turn out students who can't read or perform simple math. This ensures they will be trapped on the lowest rungs of the economic ladder.
The above is a picture of a socialistic government that, while embryonic, is well on its way to complete and unadulterated socialism as seen in many European nations and, at its worse, in the now-dead USSR.
When this nation goes bankrupt, there will ironically be no more money to pay for these grandiose programs. We will then achieve the progressive goal of equality of all citizens -- we will all be equally miserable.