Essay: What Big Daddy, Alias Uncle Sam, Will Do for YOU

IN the remote past, America's prevailing political philosophy held with Lincoln that government should do for the people only those necessary things that the people could not do for themselves. That notion now seems hopelessly quaint. Today's generations take it for granted that the U.S. Government is simply bursting with good deeds to perform for the individual, whether strictly necessary or not. But no man of mortal mind can know of everything that Washington is ready and willing to do for him.

In the decades between the New Deal and the Great Society, the...

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