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The Question of More or Less Government

frans2 Wrote: Jun 28, 2012 4:45 PM
To a point that is true, as with any large enterprise where one starts to get negative returns for increasing inputs. However, when you start backing off, you inevitably get to the point where less is less. The challenge is to find the point of maximization where you are getting the biggest bank for the buck. That's fairly easy to do in business but almost impossible to do in government.
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Theoretically, the elemental political choice in a democratic system is between more government or less—more government control over our lives and livelihood, or less; more government spending and programs than the year before, or less; more government power, or less.

In practice, for as long as I can remember, the choice for Americans has been between the party that wants more government (the Democrats, or the party of Big Government) and the party that still wants more government, but a little bit less more (the Republicans, or the...