TrimTabs' Charles Biderman explains why he's not convinced the government is ill-equipped to fix the problems as stated in the State of the Union.
What I heard from the President’s State of the Union address was that he believes that the US government can successfully and efficiently and effectively solve our problems. What President Obama and his backers do not seem to understand is that big government is, in fact, the problem, not the solution.
So in his address he told us that the his government can save the climate, fix inequality of income and opportunity, take care of all of our health needs and ultimately guarantee that happy days will be here again. That is, if he were only given the power to do all these things.
And he is not alone in this mistaken belief that government can actually do all that. After all, he was elected to a second term. The problem is it is hard to find one service the federal government provides that is effective, other then writing checks. We have not won the federal wars on poverty, or drugs, nor overseas wars in Iraq, and Afghanistan.
So although governments have rarely successfully provided services, we have a government committed to doing just that. Moreover, millions of Americans obviously think governments can do what they never have done before because they keep electing officials who promise to provide even more services. ...