And I have not found a piece of a rant that I more wish I'd written in a long time than this one from Matt Barganier:
If you think most self-described conservatives really hate Big Government, then you stopped paying attention sometime around, oh, the Nixon administration. Good God, man, if they hated Big Government, wouldn’t they at least dislike the most wasteful and intrusive government programs of them all, from the War on Terror to the War on Drugs? No, they love Big Government, from its big, fat boots to its big, fat head. Oh, they’re angry that some of the loot falls on the, um… undeserving, but that won’t stop them from sucking the teats of Social Security and Medicare to the shape and texture of a deflated football. They won’t abide tax increases, but they see no connection between those and deficit spending. And why should they? Just keep those F-22s coming, barkeep! The grandkids are buying!
What both Republicans and Democrats agree upon is that it is all right for government to keep sucking money out of the economy as long as it is their particular, obviously moral purpose for which it is used.
Then they trick us into arguing about the moral purposes rather than the original question of the morality of the whole process.