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Friday, May 15, 2009

We're all statists now

As J.J. Jackson pointed out in an essay in Enter Stage Right this week, Americans (and Canadians, of course) talk a good game about smaller government but in reality most of them are as addicted to the government teat as the targets of their ire.

The reason why I bring this up is a new poll conducted by Fox News suggests that a huge majority of Americans want less government in their lives and think spending is out of control.

That's nice, but I imagine once you get down to a granular level, where we start addressing individual government programs that many Americans "benefit" from, I imagine the numbers demanding a shrinkage in government would rapidly diminish. No different from Canadians, of course, who complain about welfare queens but vociferously support things like socialized health care, the Canada Wheat Board and middle class entitlements.

Posted by Steve Martinovich on May 15, 2009 in Economic freedom, U.S. politics | Permalink


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Woo-hoo! Awwww right, statism! Awesome!!!

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-05-15 1:56:39 PM

The Liberals sucking up to the Tamils clearly demonstrates what "it's" all about and how we got here and where we're going. As a Liberal said years ago: "Get used to it."

Posted by: Agha Ali Arkahn | 2009-05-15 9:56:09 PM

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