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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:19 AM
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Paul Krugman:A Failed Revolution
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 07:22 AM by cal04
After first attempting to deny the scale of last months defeat, the apologists have settled on a story line that sounds just like Marxist explanations for the failure of the Soviet Union. What happened, you see, was that the noble ideals of the Republican revolution of 1994 were undermined by Washingtons corrupting ways. And the recent defeat was a good thing, because it will force a return to the true conservative path.

But the truth is that the movement that took power in 1994 a movement that had little to do with true conservatism was always based on a lie.

The lie is right there in The Freedom Revolution, the book that Dick Armey, who had just become the House majority leader, published in 1995. He declares that most government programs dont do anything to help American families with the needs of everyday life, and that very few American families would notice their disappearance. He goes on to assert that there is no reason we cannot, by the time our children come of age, reduce the federal government by half as a percentage of gross domestic product.

Right. Somehow, I think more than a few families would notice the disappearance of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and those three programs alone account for a majority of nondefense, noninterest spending. The truth is that the government delivers services and security that people want. Yes, theres some waste just as there is in any large organization. But there are no big programs that are easy to cut.


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