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Thanks to Bill Clinton saying the era of big government is over neither party now claims to support big government. We need leaders who aren't afraid to support big government. The link below is to an essay on why we need big government. It is excerpted from the book To Promote The General Welfare: The Case for Big Government, edited by Steven Conn, 2012 Oxford U Press. The essay specifically takes on three issues: free-market fundamentalism, the fetish of states' rights, and the myth of the Marlboro Man.

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Looks very interesting.  Thanks for sharing it.  If anyone from Western NY is listening, please contact me to help build the JP in WNY.      J. David Swift, 716-532-6022

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Great read. I think maintaining a logical and leveled approach to government is key to success. Strict adherence to Ideologies, regardless of the side, cause problems.

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Clinton was a fiscal conservative who continued the same deregulation and growing wealth inequality as did the Reagan administration. I just can't like the guy. I don't like Obama neither because he supports austerity cuts which is bad for an economy in recession.
"Ronald Reagan was the devil."-Huey Freeman

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This is interesting thanks for shareing !!

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The question of how big government should be only comes after deciding what needs to be done in this country, and what things government is best suited to do.

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One must remember that government, whether big or small, is only as good as the people who comprise it. If you have crooks and con-artists at the national level that is the kind of government you will get.

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I agree Eric, that both regulation and deragulation will work against us as long as corruption rules. That's why electoral reform should be our number one issue. Beyond that though, a week government means we have corporate rule and few real rights.  FDR's vision of America provides more rights for workers and more prosperity than Reagan's vision of America ever will.

We need a candidate who will make a spech like this:

"There once was a time in history when the limitation of governmental power meant increasing liberty for the people. In the present day the limitation of governmental power, of governmental action, means the enslavement of the people by the great corporations, who can only be held in check through the extension of governmental power."


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I find it amusing when some talk about small government being a way to ending our economic woes, restore political stability, and end corporate influence. Honestly, it's not about the size of our government that's the problem, it's how it's administered and who's doing the administering.
"A promise must never be broken." -Alexander Hamilton

"Democracy must learn to defend itself." -Mikhail Gorbachev

"The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life." - Theodore Roosevelt
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