The Purpose Of Government
This Feb. 27, 2012 photo released by the State Attorney's Office shows George Zimmerman, the neighborhood?watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin, with blood on the back of his head. The photo and reports were among evidence released by prosecutors that also includes calls to police, video and numerous other documents. The package was received by defense lawyers earlier this week and released to the media on Thursday, May 17, 2012. (AP Photo/State Attorney's Office)
Full disclosure here. I am for civil unions, but I'm not sure that gay marriage is any of the government's business one way or the other. What irritates me as a taxpayer is that the Senate is debating this knowing full well the amendment has no chance of passing. Approval requires two-thirds of the House and Senate, and neither house can count a simple majority in favor. Still, they press on because an advocate says voters want people to be on the record on this. Well, who says?
It is the politicians who want their opponents on the record so they can use this issue to raise money, but it is a con. Nothing will change. Nothing. If Congress cannot figure out what to do with its time, members might skim Peter G. Peterson's new book "Running on Empty." He believes the country's heading toward financial collapse. He blames both parties and he says Democrats should find some ways to rein in the cost of entitlement programs while Republicans should get busy trying to look beyond tax cuts as the solution to every problem, but they won't.
Too many politicians have forgotten that government's only purpose is to improve citizens' lives. They've come to believe it's there to improve their lives.
By Bob Schieffer