"The End of Big [Democratic] Government"
From Enkidu, Theologian-in-Residence (May 8, 2005)
Every now and then, I encounter Americans who self-identify as Buddhists. "Mahayana or Theravada?" I ask. They never know what I'm talking about.
Really, I don't know very much about Buddhism. Not enough, anyway. I know enough to know that I am not a Buddhist, which is more than my interlocutors can claim.
I also know that I am not a Libertarian, and I encounter Americans who self-identify that way even more often than erstwhile Buddhists. These people almost always vote GOP. In the past half-decade, a few of them have even accompanied their votes with passionate rants in favor of President W's gang or against the current Democratic party.
Do you know any similar "Libertarians?" If so, here's a Mother's Day present that I hope you share with them. It's the May 3, 2005 Policy Analysis from the Cato Institute, a Libertarian (for real!) think tank.
Here's part of the Executive Summary:
President Bush has presided over the largest overall increase in inflation-adjusted federal spending since Lyndon B. Johnson. Even after excluding spending on defense and homeland security, Bush is still the biggest-spending president in 30 years. His 2006 budget doesn't cut enough spending to change his place in history, either.
Total government spending grew by 33 percent during Bush's first term. The federal budget as a share of the economy grew from 18.5 percent of GDP on Clinton's last day in office to 20.3 percent by the end of Bush's first term. The Republican Congress has enthusiastically assisted the budget bloat. Inflation-adjusted spending on the combined budgets of the 101 largest programs they vowed to eliminate in 1995 has grown by 27 percent...
The GOP establishment in Washington today has become a defender of big government.
My own mother's not a Libertarian, by the way. She's a "Buddhist."