About the US Federal Government

About the US Federal Government … Since I’m a writer (ex-journalist, poet) there is about me a strong sense of an eternal search for a good line, a way of saying something … and a few samples from the USA would be good, so here goes … I do like the line from the US right wing (the home of small government, so it thinks) – because the line is good, and so quick – that …

“Government should be no bigger than anything you can drown in the bath.”

This is a wonderful line, I think, most of all for its rapidity, even though I disagree with it profoundly. And why do I disagree? Well, in this day and age, it’s mindless, brainless, irresponsible, and downright childish, to imagine that any Federal government of a large population wouldn’t for starters be expensive, large, complicated. So what do I think about Trump’s December 2018 threat to shut down the US Government if he doesn’t get the money to build his wall? All of the above; mindless, brainless, irresponsible and downright childish. But as a line, it’s brilliant, no?

Author: Dan Byrnes

Dan Byrnes is an Australian poet, writer, historian, a one-time journalist in Tamworth NSW Australia (or, Country Music Capital, Australia). Born in Sydney in 1948, meaning in late 2018 he is aged 70! He is deeply interested in modern Australian history (since 1788), literature, poetry and music. He had a normal high school education plus several stints at university, ending with a double major in History/Psychology, then with an Honours degree in History. Of late, and as he gets older - in 2019 he will be 71 - he spends time compiling and recompiling old work, adding to this blog, and wondering deeply with the history of Australia since 1788, a relatively new country, which received up to 162,000 convicts from Britain, why there is such apathy to maritime history in general and in particular, such apathy to the question: who owned/insured the convict ships?

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