All the doomsday predicting and blustering from both parties about SEQUESTRATION (thunder, lighting, hitchcock shadow) has me feeling like Stephen Colbert when he said:
“I spend so much time in the world that is spinning all the time that to be in the no spin zone actually gives me vertigo.”
Its puzzling to see folks rail against government spending, then rail against cuts to government spending.
Unless it is not about more or less government spending, but about WHAT the spending is on. At that point though, we aren’t talking about big government vs. small government, we’re talking about more government spending on things I like, and less government spending on things you like.
Case in point:
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell began his term with a “Smaller Government, Stronger Economy” agenda.
But this past Monday, Gov. McDonnell sent a letter to President Obama opposing significant cuts to federal government spending:
The automatic sequestration reductions mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 are already having a significant adverse effect on the Commonwealth. When fully implemented, they could force Virginia and other states into a recession.
Two days after sending this letter to President Obama opposing cuts to federal government spending, Gov. McDonnell sent a letter to Virginia legislators saying he opposed more health care spending on Virginians because:
“The country is broke, and I will not support policies that make it worse.”
I don’t begrudge the Governor for wanting to spend money on some things over other things. But lets be honest in this debate: its not about shrinking government. Its about more Government for me, and less Government for you.
"To the United States, a drone strike seems to have very little risk and very little pain. At the receiving end, it feels like war. Americans have got to understand that. If we were to use our technological capabilities carelessly—I don’t think we do, but there’s always the danger that you will—then we should not be upset when someone responds with their equivalent, which is a suicide bomb in Central Park, because that’s what they can respond with."
— Gen. Stanley McChrystal (Retired)
"Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens."
— Plato (via Sojourners)