Armed Bureaucrats May Be A Sign That The Federal Government Is Simply Too Large


“I think we have bigger problems in our country than sending armed FDA agents into peaceful farmers’ land and telling them they can’t sell milk directly from the cow,” said Senator Rand Paul during a speech on the floor of the Senate questioning why so many federal bureaucracies have armed agents. “Some of you might be surprised the FDA is armed. Well, you shouldn’t be.”

I wrote about this topic last year, and the Wall Street Journal has covered the dizzying number of federal bureaucracies that have armed law enforcement agents including some real head-scratchers like the Social Security Administration and the NOAA.

This is symptomatic of a federal government that has grown far beyond what is prudent.

Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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