Ballooning Federal Government Cited in Washington Scandals

Governor Corbett continually cautions that we must restrain spending and keep government focused on its core functions. This is a lesson often missed in Washington.

“There’s a direct correlation between government size and spending and infringement on rights,” said PMA Executive Director David N. Taylor. “That’s why Governor Corbett repeatedly mentions the need for keeping government powers under control.”

The IRS scandal is a symptom of a government whose spending and need for control is itself out of control.

President Obama is the only president in U.S. history to preside over trillion dollar deficits. Beyond that, trillion dollar deficits haveoccurred in each year of his presidency. The only other period in American history in which spending levels per percentage of GDP matched those under Obama was when the country entered World War II. Government spending decreased, however, at the end of the war. It shows no signs of doing that now. In fact, it’s about to get a lot worse.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, Obamacare will increase federal spending by $1.6 trillion in the first 10 years alone, with trillions more in future years. Additionally, the IRS’s audit powers  increase substantially under the health care law.

More troublesome is the fact that the IRS isn’t the only federal agency overstepping its bounds. The Justice Department seized AP records and then there was the little noticed case of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

In 2011, the liberal Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for information about the political activities of media giant Rupert Murdoch. According to the Daily Caller, the agency provided CREW with 233 pages of documents within 30 days of the request and waived the processing fee.

Meanwhile, conservative government watchdog groups like Americans for Limited Government (ALG) and National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) say they were stonewalled, or left wanting by the agency, in their own transparency investigations.When ALG requested information about Google’s political influence with the FCC, the agency fulfilled the organization’s request with three brief documents a year later, and without waiving the processing fee.

Washington would be wise to listen to our governor. Limited, sensible, and sustainable government is the only answer.