I like Michael Barone. He is smart and nice. But he is trying to hard to convince himself this OK. In fact, there has been no stopping the growth of government in the past 80 years. During the relatively conservative administrations the pace of government growth slowed but continued. During liberal administrations it grows rapidly. As Robert Bork noted, the wheel only turns one way, toward larger and more repressive government. Conservatives do not undo existing government boondoggles. Those remain and new ones are always headed are way. There will have to be a real revolution against this trend, or tyranny will be ours.