Our Founding Fathers wrestled with it, and 220 plus years later, we are still wrestling with this question—what should be the role of government, particularly the federal government, in the lives of Americans?
Two things are certain: One, the world of today is much different than the world of our Founding Fathers, and thus, it is reasonable to conclude that our best answer to the role of government is not the same as it was for them. And two, the President can and does affect the role of the federal government in our lives much differently now than he did in 1789—the year George Washington became our first President.
What is the proper role of the federal government? What things should the federal government do? What things shouldn’t it do?