Sunday, July 28, 2013 1:35:57 PM
Gee smag, I guess you forgot all about the libertarian party. Not everyone who advocates small government is a neo-con hypocrite; and yes, there are currently efforts to introduce shariah law into the US justice system, so it is 'effin` happening,` but aside from your pigeonholing of the limited government movement into one selective sect which suits your characterization, I can otherwise tell how unbiased you are by your characterization of our country`s religious base, which I am neither advocating for nor against. But with a narrative like yours, I could see how persecution could now be a viable possibility.
Sunday, July 28, 2013 1:51:59 AM
Andrew, small government stays out of the people's business--or so that`s what its advocates would have you believe. Small government exists only to run the very few things its needed for (organizing and maintaining a military, and...that`s about it). Most would say it shouldn`t run schools, utilities, police or fire forces, etc. Some would even say it shouldn`t maintain roads, bridges or even clean water. That all of that can be provided to those who pay via private industry.
Point is, typically those who spout that crazy bull poo are the same ones trying to make laws that put government right into the bedroom of consenting adults, right up into the wombs of tax paying citizens. It`s hypocrisy at its finest. No false narrative there.
Saturday, July 27, 2013 6:13:03 PM
@HumanAction - Yeah, the taxes are a b*tch, especially living in NYC. Now I have to pay NYC tax on top of State & Federal, which sucks. Rent here is ridiculous too, I rented a 5BR 3BA house in Denver for about $1500/mo. In NYC that only gets you a studio apt in a fairly decent neighborhood.
Saturday, July 27, 2013 3:01:07 PM
I don't know what this has to do with small government and big government (loaded terms indeed). You can have this, or not have this, if gov`t spending is 5% of GDP, 8% of gdp (like pre-war FDR era), a Truman 15%, a Kennedy 17%, or today`s over 20% of GDP, which is considered too small for some reason.
And those are just federal numbers, state and local spending will add 10% in the modern era. So gov`t spending is over 30% of GDP now and it`s a considered small government, much too small and weak. It`s flimsy due to its lack of funding (at 30% of GDP). Funny thing is that during LBJ`s big government days, it was only about 24%, and during Reagan`s "small government" days, it was well over 30% for some years.
It turns out that most things you hear are lies. False narratives of our time.