RON HART: Government keeps fear alive to grow its agencies

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 04:17 PM.

Now TSA agents want to expand their groping empire by plying their gentle craft at sporting events. Maybe San Diego Mayor Bob Filner could run that effort for them.

Government, which grows not out of necessity but by insisting upon itself, needs to be slowed down. Since our government won't rein itself in, we voters must. We need to revisit the balance among freedom, cost and security and not continue to double down on bad policies.

If there is a simpler, less intrusive and more efficient way to do something, we should try it. Our country was founded by a bunch of folks who thought there was a better way, based on freedom, to do things.

Ron Hart is a syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator. Email or visit




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