Originally Posted by chiefst2000
I like how liberals take a message of limited government as meaning no government. It took Republican Teddy Roosevelt to use the power of government break up the trusts and create the environment in which a middle class in America could finally thrive. No one wants government to disappear. The discussion and debate is about limiting the size and scope or slowing the rate of growth of government. It is about looking at the consequences of the laws and regulations that are being passed and having systems in place to determine if the outcomes coincide with the original intentions of the legislation. It is the GOP today that are trying to fix the entitlements so they last for future generations. The Democrats are blindly opposed to any fixes to entitlements including means testing which one would think they would jump on board with. It is Republican Tom Coburn that year after year has publishes his list of Government Waste projects and yet every year nothing is done to remedy it.
You can argue with your straw man all day and night but what you think the opposition wants is simply incorrect.
The Republicans gutted the SEC during the Bush administration, they have tried to gut environmental regulations. They tried to move health insurance to no regulation states. They have attempted to gut both SS and Medicare several times and they haven't reduced the size or scope of government in any period that they actually controlled the government in the last 20 years.
Limited government is just another term for moving the benefits to another constituency in practical terms.
The straw man is actually pretending that the Republican Party supports limited government.