Five Causes to Believe and to Disbelieve in Government and Politicians
Citizens in the United States and worldwide should always be wary and somewhat skeptical of statements made by government entities and by politicians of all stripes. While the majority of these statements are probably true or at least somewhat true, there are virtually limitless examples of half-truths, obfuscations, fabrications and blatant lies from the government and from politicians. This essay provides five examples where the government and politicians can be believed and another five examples where they cannot be believed.
When United States government entities and politicians warn us that we live in a dangerous world, we can believe them because factual accounts and common sense confirm that assertion. Radical extremists like the fanatical jihadists who carried out the devastating attacks of 9/11 cannot be ignored; their current brethren must be hunted and then captured or killed by our military and by our governmental intelligence agencies.
In that same vein, belligerent and unstable totalitarian regimes like North Korea and Iran must be dealt with firmly and cautiously. When our president or Secretary of State engage in diplomatic or military actions, we can be reasonably assured that those actions are believable and necessary. Some governmental agencies are non-partisan and should have little fear of governmental retribution. The Congressional Budget Office is such an agency, and its economic measures and projections can be trusted to a high degree.
“CBO’s mandate is to provide the Congress with objective, nonpartisan, and timely analyses to aid in economic and budgetary decisions on the wide array of programs covered by the federal budget and to provide the information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process” (CBO, 2009). The Federal Reserve is another theoretically non-partisan federal government entity whose economic statements and actions can be considered trustworthy in most cases. The chairman of the Federal Reserve often serves for a decade or more and he is usually retained whether a Democrat or a Republican occupies the Oval Office.
Finally, the United States Supreme Court’s judgments and opinions are trustworthy in most cases. All Supreme Court justices must undergo rigorous congressional hearings before they sit on the court. All their verdicts are open to public scrutiny, whether one agrees or disagrees with their decisions. On the dubious side of government, there are also many examples of disingenuous statements and actions. Enemy countries, like North Korea and Iran, threaten us and our democratic allies. Statements from these rogue nations’ leaders must be met with intense skepticism.
Also, domestic politicians from both major political parties have only limited accountability, and there are many examples of politicians lying or stretching the truth for political gain or cover. From Bill Clinton to John Edwards and from George Bush to John Ensign, politicians’ statements, both personally and professionally, should be met with healthy skepticism. And, while our intelligence agencies have very important national security objectives, their findings and motives are sometimes questionable and sometimes wrong.
Faulty intelligence findings that preceded the war in Iraq are an example. Predictions from politicians must also be met with skepticism. President Obama’s recent, massive economic stimulus plan promised reduced unemployment and the “saving” of jobs. However, in recent months, our nation’s unemployment rate has risen. “Obama has claimed as many as 150,000 jobs saved or created by his stimulus plan so far, even as government reports have shown the economy has lost more than 1.
6 million jobs since Congress approved funding for the program in February” (CNBC, 2009). Finally, any governmental entity with partisan ties has an inclination to promote its views and criticize and minimize opposing views. Statements from the Republican and Democratic National Committees should be met with skepticism. References CNBC. (2009, June8). Obama promises more than 600,000 stimulus jobs. cnbc. com. Congressional Budget Office. (2009). CBO Fact Sheet. cbo. gov.Sample Essay of RushEssay.com