I’ve heard a lot of Republicans quoting Ronald Reagan lately, as they’re arguing in favor of continuing to neglect Americans’ health care. Their favorite Reagan line:
The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’
How about “Republicans want to take away my Social Security again”?
My four year-old daughter is starting participation in a Pre-Kindergarten program tomorrow. It’s run through the cooperation of several levels of government, running up from my village and county all the way to the federal government. It’s a terrific program for families in my community, and people from all sorts of economic backgrounds participate.
No one I’ve talked to about this Pre-K program has reacted in fear because it’s a government program. Everyone I’ve talked to seems to appreciate that it’s available for kids who are ready for exposure to an educational environment before the age of five. It works really well, and our community would be much poorer if it didn’t exist. My village is grateful for these people who come from the government, because yes, they’re here to help, and they do a great job at it.
Ronald Reagan may have had a lot of funny Hollywood stories to tell, but he didn’t know what the heck he was talking about when it comes to the role of the government in the everyday lives of the American people.