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The Question of More or Less Government

MoreFreedom Wrote: Jun 28, 2012 3:33 PM
"Romney already has proposed cutting numerous federal agencies and programs that waste federal tax dollars"???? What exactly? Per Romney support cutting subsidies for Amtrak and Title IX, and unspecified cuts for CPB/NPR. This amounts to a few hours of government spending. But he proposes increases in military spending, border spending, trade and energy! Romney is unlikely to win over fiscal conservatives. I take the position that I will not vote for more government, regardless of how bad the other choice is. Daniel Mitchell's Nixon Disinfectant Rule applies. But since Gary Johnson is running, I'll be voting for him in a swing state
frans2 Wrote: Jun 28, 2012 4:37 PM
Romney also proposes to reduce taxes and that amounts to increasing the deficit. No fiscal conservative can support a reduction that produces a deficit.
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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...