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"So perhaps we limited-government types are mistaken when we criticize today's big government conservatism's claims to be the heir to Reagan's legacy. In the sense that they support limited government in theory but not in practice, perhaps they really are the ideological descendants of Reagan. Social conservatives want to free themselves from the public schools, NPR, and high taxes, but when it comes to dictating who can marry whom, who can put what substances into their own parties, who can gamble, engage in consensual sex, or market pornography, they're perfectly comfortable dropping down the yoke of the state."
No shit, you think?
Extra Credit : How long can you fuel a movement on empty promises?
Now, I'm not a fan of slashing government simply for the sake of it, especially when you realize that the "bad" parts of government always turn out to be the parts that protect people from exploitation.
But, I understand the appeal of limited government.
What I don't understand is the support that Republicans get from Libertarian types, when its as obvious as the sun rising that Republicans are not more commited to reductions in government spending than are Democrats.
Especially when it comes to items like defense.
What ever happened to the "peace dividend"? That reduction in military spending we'd see once the threat of the Soviet Union went away? Somehow we keep spending even more.
Politicians have learned that the most politically safe way of funnelling money to their buddies back in the districts is to send it through the Pentagon system. So now we see that Homeland Defense money is the new slush fund for vote buying around the country.
In another case, a $935,000 grant was awarded for general security improvements to a port where an industrial park was being built, leading department staff members to question if the money was in fact an economic development grant, instead of antiterrorism financing.
Because you see, when I think about limiting government, I think about all that money that gets given out to do nothing more than build ugly strip malls and pad donors pockets; the so called "good government" spending now enshrined in over $500 billion worth of "defense" spending.
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