On “Big Government”

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

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)