Shrinking the Government
Republicans want to shrink the government. The 2 biggest issues for them are deregulation and tax cuts. Deregulation will cut out government activities and enable the "free market" to do its magic. Tax cuts will deprive the government of funds so it will not be involved in anything - except military activities to support laissez faire business. Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times describes a country that lives up to this Republican ideal:
It has among the lowest tax burdens of any major country: fewer than 2 percent of the people pay any taxes. Government is limited, so that burdensome regulations never kill jobs.
This society embraces traditional religious values and a conservative sensibility. Nobody minds school prayer, same-sex marriage isn't imaginable, and criminals are never coddled.
The budget priority is a strong military, the nation's most respected institution. When generals decide on a policy for, say, Afghanistan, politicians defer to them. Citizens are deeply patriotic, and nobody burns flags.
So what is this Republican Eden, this Utopia? Why, it's Pakistan.
Pakistan is not the only country that is "starving the beast." Many African countries are doing the same thing, though not so willingly. I remember Hillary Clinton telling us that Somalia would be another example of a country with limited government.
Republicans are killing America. We have spent years building up America to its currently top place in the world. Now Republicans are trying to tear it down. And what for? To serve the needs of the super-rich and huge multinational corporations.
Joe Stiglitz, the great economist said:
The more developed an economy, the greater the share of resources consumed by the public sector.
Big government is needed to make and implement the rules to make the market function, Stiglitz says. Without such rules you will have chaos, the kind of chaos you have in Pakistan and Somalia.
Shrinking the government is a terrible idea.