Saturday, September 17, 2005

The Death of Limited Gov't -- addendum

As noted below, my recent TPMCafe post entitled "The Death of Limited Government" outlined three pieces of evidence that the Goldwater faction of the GOP has lost indefinitely the internecine struggle over the party's direction. However, I believe I failed to clarify that I am not passing judgment one way or the other upon a strong federal presence, but simply predicting that for better or worse, it is our political future. No longer will voters be asked to decide between big or small government, but between two different brands of big government. It is therefore crucial that libertarians and others who categorically insist that "government is the problem" figure out a way to work within the new political paradigm, or their dogma will become a self-fulfilling prophecy as the federal government grows increasingly irresponsible with decreasing taxpayer oversight.