Conservative columnist George Will on Sunday made a small government argument for dealing with Ebola in the United States, saying that the current government could not be trusted because it had become too large.
“Government is not competent,” Will argued on Fox News Sunday. “Frankly, it is not competent under Republicans or under Democrats. It is always a monopoly, and monopolies are not disciplined by market forces to connect them with reality.”
“Teasing this segment, you said, ‘Can we had faith in government?'” Will reminded Fox News host Chris Wallace. “I think we have much more to fear from excessive faith in government than from too little faith in government. You asked, ‘Can we trust the government to do its job?’ What isn’t its job now?”
The pundit pointed to government “fine tuning the curriculum of our students K through 12 [through Common Core], it’s monitoring sex on campuses, it’s deciding how much ethanol we should put in our gas tanks, it has designed our light bulbs, and it’s worried sick over the name of the Washington football team.”
“Now, this is a government that doesn’t know when to stop,” he opined. “The distilled essence of progressivism is that government is, A, benign, that it is this disinterested force — that’s false — and, B, it is stocked with experts who are really gifted at doing things.”
“A common theme is the excessive faith in the skills of government,” Will concluded.
Although the Fox News contributor did not explain how government was “monitoring sex on campuses,” he was most likely referring to an unprecedented investigation into how 55 colleges and universities have handled sexual assault cases. President Barack Obama’s administration has also recently launched a campaign called “It’s On Us” to combat campus sexual assault.
Watch the video below from Fox News Sunday, broadcast Oct. 5, 2014.