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"small" doesn't mean what most people think.

When they say small, they don't mean a smaller budget, just look at the Bush years of deficit spending. No, they mean small in terms of how many people have influence on government.

In my view this is the road to autocracy.  After all, who questions the Ruler about how much money he spends? The budget issues are only a cover for what is really going on.

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  •  They mean small as in (4+ / 0-)

    easier for the Koch brothers to control...

  •  It's not even that (2+ / 0-)

    The rich just want lower taxes.  They toss out something about "freedom!" to their useful idiots and paint them a picture of a future dystopia where black socialists run everything.

  •  Also, small as to the number of people who (3+ / 0-)

    benefit from the government.

    Too many poor people in this country -- and whose fault is that? It's a feature, not a bug.

    Better to put the money in the hands of the [fictitious] job creators -- that's where it will do the most good damage.

    "I think in America, the opposite of poverty is justice." Bryan Stevenson

    by gfre on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 01:23:28 PM PDT

  •  Good point (3+ / 0-)

    You can call it feudalism, oligarchy, autocracy, dictatorship or whatever else comes to mind but it boils down to a very few people controlling the lives of many.

  •  I always say (2+ / 0-)

    I'm for BIG government, 300 million strong!

    Democracy, when functioning perfectly, is government by the largest possible number of people. It spreads out the power so no one person has so much power to damage others, whether intentionally or not.

    "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." —John Kenneth Galbraith

    by eyeswideopen on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 01:54:47 PM PDT

    •  We thought that until now. The House Rs worked (0+ / 0-)

      very hard to block off all routes to a resolution save the one they wanted, and that giving of the right to call up the senate bill to Cantor was a sign of it, as Cantor is much more party line than the soon to be former Speaker. The modified Hastert rule, not now a majority of the caucus needed to move a bill forward, but now a majority of the House needed, is another sign of it.

      However, what they have forgotten is that some of the best elements of the now wobbly US financial system have people all over the world who have a lot to say in the matter, interested in what is happening, the sort of interest no sane person wants their name mentioned in.

       And nothing the House can do after they throw everyone over the cliff can particularly influence those foreign minds, the interest rate the US is charged will not come down, and a lot of other things they take for granted will go and not return. After all China thinks it is where we were just after WWII, the coming world magnate, and they are not entirely wrong and have no reason to help the US however ruled, and certainly not the Communist averse Republicans. As far as they are concerned, the US is voluntarily giving up superpower or No. 1 at the table status over this, and nobody out there is prepared to pretend it didn't happen, once this mess is over.

      •  Yep, it's a case of hacked constitution. (0+ / 0-)

        This never was a perfect democracy, and by the looks of it never will be. Until we have referenda and the ability to recall congresscritters or computers doing redistricting using algorithms and campaign finance reform and so many other things, we can't hope to be any sort of example of democracy.

        The GOP's corporate paymasters have never liked democracy and would like it destroyed. It was the only thing left restraining their excesses. They much prefer pre-Dickens.

        This is all the result of liars being permitted their first amendment rights on the teevee.

        "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." —John Kenneth Galbraith

        by eyeswideopen on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 05:53:02 PM PDT

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  •  When Republicans say small government they mean (1+ / 0-)
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    third Party please

    KING ME.

    Only gun owners can control their guns and they say oopsie way too much. I lost it, I forgot it, it just went off. Support Gun Kill Speed Limits and Gun Ownership Speed Limits.

    by 88kathy on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 02:33:16 PM PDT

  •  Small and PRIVATIZED (1+ / 0-)
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    They privatized war and our finest electrocuted taking showers in Iraq courtesy of KBR.

    They are privatizing prisons and we have Judges taking kickbacks for incarcerating children. And how about those guaranteed quotas?

    They are privatizing IT departments in government agencies guaranteeing that the jobs will go from federal employees to their corporate masters' companies. The new employees getting lower pay and benefits while the corporate insiders grow even more obscenely wealthy (and are able to buy more legislation)

    The world is my country, all people are my brethren and to do good is my religion ~ Thomas Paine

    by third Party please on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 02:49:51 PM PDT

  •  They do not mean a smaller military, (1+ / 0-)
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    nor do they mean a smaller NSA or DHS.

    An illusion can never be destroyed directly... SK.

    by Thomas Twinnings on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 02:53:36 PM PDT

  •  Yes, they do mean a small educational system (1+ / 0-)
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    I was a teacher during the Reagan "basic skills movement" that resulted in the systematic destruction of arts, music and civics in the public schools curriculum, with the focus only on math and reading and standardized testing to measure them.

    This was the beginning of NCLB. Now they want to dumb down STEM education, what's next?

     

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