On “Big Government”

By Hal Canary, 2010-02-20 09:26:42 (link)
#politics

It's so hard to argue against people who lie about what they believe. Remember that GWB increased the size of government more than any other president.

You are not against “big government”; you are in favor of “let's trim 10-20% off the government while leaving it pretty big” or something like that.

If you really mean “let's trim 10-20%” can we please stop being so melodramatic? As I've whined before, moving government size, or tax brackets, by a few percent is not the difference between capitalism and socialism.

  • Libertarian: government should be 5% of its current size.
  • Socialist: government should be 200% of its current size.
  • Republicans and Democrats judged by actions not rhetoric: government should be 105% of whatever it just was. Disagreement on where the new 5% goes.

(—Havoc Pennington)


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