October 31, 2012

Big Storms and Big Government

Carroll Andrew Morse

From Walter Russell Mead of the American Interest, in a blog post titled "Hurricane Sandy and the Perils of Nanny State Governance"...

The problem with nanny state governance isn’t just that it’s intrusive. It isn’t just that it stifles business with over-regulation, and it isn’t just that it empowers busybodies and costs money. It’s that it distracts government from the really big jobs that it ought to be doing.

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Soon all the rest of the "small government" clowns will be climbing out of their little clown cars.

Posted by: Phil at October 31, 2012 9:19 PM

Excellent point, and no where was it more evident than in the president's speech in NJ yesterday. Obama spent 15 minutes repeating what Gov Christie said in 5 minutes. If the president wants to do a governors job, can we let the governor be President?

Posted by: Mike678 at November 1, 2012 7:10 AM

"Soon all the rest of the "small government" clowns will be climbing out of their little clown cars."

Soon the big government clowns will have us all driving little clown cars.

Posted by: Max D at November 1, 2012 9:27 AM

What has this country become where "small government" is used as an insult?

Posted by: Dan at November 1, 2012 10:56 AM

How about "goldilocks"government-not too big as to be overbearing and intrusive,not so small as to be useless and ineffective,but reasonable and reponsive?

Posted by: joe bernstein at November 1, 2012 11:31 AM

Sounds good, Joe, but in practice when you aim for small government you get big government, and when you aim for big government you get leviathan government. Aiming for minarchist government is our best chance at geting medium size.

Posted by: Dan at November 1, 2012 2:19 PM
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