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September 20, 2005

Red-Staters for Increased Spending?

OK, I read the article at called "I, Heretic" as well as a number of the (very numerous) comments.

And now my brain hurts.

I'll admit my knowledge of economics isn't what I'd like it to be; most of my opinion comes from how certain policies have worked in the far or recent past. However, "Nick Danger" posts about why, to get the smaller government conservatives would like, we need to spend more money now. The Katrina recovery, he says, is the perfect opportunity to show how an enterprise solution to this socio-economic problem works better than an entitlement-based one.

It's a well-thought-out analysis. I guess. >grin<

If the choice is more federal government spending by Republicans vs. giving the money to the 3rd most indicted city government in the country, well... Rock, meet Hard Place. Hard Place, this is Rock.

Feel free to educate me in the comments, especially as related to the ideas in the article. Some of what Nick writes, especially about the benefits of China holding our bonds, and explored more in the article's comments, run counter to some of the thoughts previously expressed by commenters on our site. What I find interesting is that Nick sees this as a way to ultimately decrease the size of government, by getting the public to see how well it could work and actually want it.

Pigs flyings? Upside-down logic? Perhaps, but Nick can be persuasive. Give it a read and tell me what you think.

Posted by Doug at September 20, 2005 09:16 PM

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I think what it comes down to is that there are two ways to effect the kind of cultural change that will make smaller government possible, i.e. create greater self reliance.

One is to simply cut the gulf coast off and let them fend for themselves. Obviously not a politically palatable choice in this or any political/cultural climate.

The other is to spend the money to put systems in programs in place through which the rebuilding of the gulf coast teaches a lesson in self-reliance.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at September 21, 2005 10:03 AM