Sep 13, 2011

It's not about size

Juxtaposing two moments of audience participation from the last two Republican primary debates shows pretty clearly that the struggles of contemporary American politics are not about the size of government. The political scene can't be accurately described as small government supporters arrayed against in big government supporters. It's nonsense to talk about less government vs. more, and think that explains anything about the choices faced.

I, for example, would like the government to be big enough to help keep alive someone who made a bad decision. In contrast to those in Florida last night who would rather someone die that get "welfarism."

I would also, though, like the government to be so small that it can't kill people. A position not shared by the "small government" supporters at last week's Republican debate at the Reagan library.

So do I believe in big or little government?

Well, I support people not dying through the omissions or commissions of the state, and would like government to be that size.