No expansion of the role of government can ever be reversed

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth! — Ronald Reagan

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller is pushing to keep spending federal tax dollars to keep the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, of course, is on board, along with all of the rest of the state’s delegation except Rep. Mark Amodei. Nevada lawmakers want to expand Medicaid. The governor is for keeping the Medicaid expansion.

Dean Heller

Thus far, according to the morning newspaper, the expansion has added 221,000 to Nevada’s Medicaid roles, although previous stories in the same paper put the number at 400,000. Most of those are able-bodied, childless adults earning above the poverty level.

Few seem willing to throttle back on the government largesse, even though the economy has picked up a bit since the depths of the recession and unemployment has fallen from October 2009’s 10 percent peak to 4.7 percent.

Meanwhile, Medicaid enrollment has grown by 47 percent since 2006 and spending by 75 percent — to $554 billion in 2015.

Trump’s budget proposes to cut more than $800 billion from Medicaid over the next decade, and trim $192 billion from nutritional assistance and $272 billion over all from welfare programs — all of which have increased in recent years.

What goes up must never go down.


2 comments on “No expansion of the role of government can ever be reversed

  1. deleted says:

    Seriously Thomas?

    Can you point me in the direction of the nearest WPA office? And I guess this is one of those “buried lead” stories you talk about occasionally. So the real news is Orange mans proposed budget cut, but wrapped around that is your claim that government never gets cut.

    And heck man, you constantly point to programs that might actually help someone as evidence of how bad the government is, when so many examples of the government spending a lot more money for a lot less worthwhile stuff that don’t even work is out there.

    Take this one for example. You want to talk about things that never go down? Apparently helmets, least ways those made by private businesses and sold to the military. $400,000. For a helmet that don’t even work? Come on man!

  2. Dean Heller is a spineless RINO with his finger to the wind. Ditto for Mark Amodei. Heller’s Conservative Review Rating is a paltry 61%…a “D.” While Amodei’s CR review rating is an “F” with a piddly 42%. The medicaid rolls…as well as the welfare rolls need to be audited by an independent set of “fresh eyes”…and all of the “able-bodied, childless adults earning above the poverty level” need to be sent packing!

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