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  •  Actually, I think a perference for (9+ / 0-)

    "small government" can be identified as sincere when one considers that smaller public corporations (states, counties, cities, towns and associations) have proved easier to manipulate by the local power brokers.  State and local bond issues provide a more stable income stream, for example, than those that have to be competed for in the global market.  China buying up U.S. Treasury bonds has put a crimp in the Wall Street gravy train.

    The Constitution is not a menu for an exclusive diner.

    by hannah on Thu Jul 29, 2010 at 05:19:43 AM PDT

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    •  Perhaps I misunderstand, (8+ / 0-)

      but the example of regulation of public smoking comes to mind.  Municipalities in California took the lead on this issue.  The proponents of no smoking in public promoted the strategy that a patchwork of regulations passed by small jurisdictions was much harder to influence than, say the state legislature, where big money could do one stop shopping.  And as I recall, that was how the reform came--from the bottom up, small piece at a time.

    •  Interesting definition of sincerity (7+ / 0-)

      a preference for "small government" can be identified as sincere when one considers that smaller public corporations (states, counties, cities, towns and associations) have proved easier to manipulate by the local power brokers.

      In other words, state and local governments are easier to bribe and have fewer means to enforce worker, consumer, and environmental regulations. So their desire for small government boils down to ease of corruption. I am sincerely touched by their principles.

      Tea Party = Racist, Rapacious Republicans

      by DWG on Thu Jul 29, 2010 at 05:52:43 AM PDT

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