In a full throated defense of the role of government in American society, U.S. Rep Joaquin Castro warned the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce that small- government organizations like the Tea Party are not good for the country, 1200 WOAI news reports.
"There is this creeping nihilism that is masquerading as conservatism, which I think is dangerous in the success of America," Castro said.
'Nihilism,' which is a term coined by 19th Century economist Friedrich Jacobi, is generally considered to mean a desire for the elimination of government, or at the very least a sever reduction of the role of government. The term comes from the root of the word 'annihilate.' Castro did not mention the Tea Party of any other specific small-government groups by name.''
Castro told the audience, many of whom are small business owners, that what he called 'the Infrastructure of Opportunity' is essential for them to be able to succeed.
"That is not the government being 'Big Brother' or a government being overly aggressive," Castro said. "That is the government being a purposeful government.'
Castro cited roads and other forms of transportation, public schools, and government activities like small business loans and student loans as example of the 'infrastructure of opportunity.' He said it is that infrastructure which sets the framework for the success of the private sector.
Castro said the private sector remains the paramount force in our society, but that private sector must be supported by 'purposeful government.'
"Government is not going to do our homework for you, it is not going to run your business for you, it is not going to make you successful, but it has a role to play in making sure success is possible."
Castro said without a vigorous and 'purposeful' government, private sector success would be less likely.
Castro's comments are a more elegant wording of President Obama's 'you didn't built that' comment made during the 2012 election.
It is a core principal of Keynesian economics that private success is dependant on the proper functioning of government and public entities. Supporters of the 'purposeful government' theory point out that one of the main reasons why private enterprise thrives in the United States, where it may not thrive in other places, is that the rule of law, enforced by government, exists in the USA, and that roads, bridges, schools, and other infrastructure, which is part of 'purposeful government' work together to enable private employers to succeed.