Archive for small government

GOPers want their ‘small govt’ in your marriage


From our generous friend @anomaly100 at FreakOutNation:

GOPers want their ‘small govt’ in your marriage, North Carolina lawmakers sponsor bill making divorce more difficult March 30, 2013 By Anomaly A pair of Republican legislators — since apparently they have nothing else better to do– are proposing a bill which would make it even more difficult for couples in North Carolina to get a divorce. So, now Republicans want their small government in your marriage. The ‘Healthy Marriage Act’ sponsored by state Sens. Austin Allran (R) and Warren Daniel, would extend the present one year waiting period for a divorce, to two years; during that time, the couple would have to complete mandatory courses on improving their communications skills and conflict resolution.

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CNN Poll: Big shifts on role of government


It makes perfect sense to feel that the government is doing too much if you also don't think it should be promoting "values", kinda like the Rachel promo on small government. Make it smaller, run it better.

The survey, released Wednesday, indicates that there have been major changes on attitudes toward the government.

"The biggest: The number of Americans who say that the government should promote traditional values has fallen to an all-time low, a finding that might benefit many Democrats," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

According to the survey, just four in 10 registered voters believe the government should promote traditional values, down from 53% in 2010 and 57% in 2008.


But the poll also indicates the belief that the government is doing too much is also near historically high levels.

Six in 10 say the government is doing too much that should be left to individuals and businesses. That finding could favor Republicans.


Michele Bachmann's had her share of government aid + got a "sense" from God to run for office


Michele Bachmann is a huge proponent of shrinkage.

No, no, not that kind (at least, not to my knowledge).  She has repeatedly clamored for a reduction in federal spending, and has relished feeding conservatives a steady diet of "small government" red meat. That would be the same kind of "small government" that aggressively assaults women's reproductive rights by intruding on the privacy of female patients and their doctors, stomping on a woman's legal right to choose, all while destroying what's left of their dignity. That "small government".

Of course, that didn't stop her from accepting a job as a tax collection attorney for the IRS.

Naturally, she couldn't possibly be responsible for anything she does, thinks, or says. Her god takes care of all that for her:

But what's this? Bachmann and her family have benefited personally from government aid? Oh do tell. Via the L.A. Times:

A counseling clinic run by her husband has received nearly $30,000 from the state of Minnesota in the last five years, money that in part came from the federal government. A family farm in Wisconsin, in which the congresswoman is a partner, received nearly $260,000 in federal farm subsidies.

And she has sought to keep federal money flowing to her constituents. After publicly criticizing the Obama administration's stimulus program, Bachmann requested stimulus funds to support projects in her district. Although she has been a fierce critic of earmarks — calling them "part of the root problem with Washington's spending addiction" — the congresswoman nonetheless argued recently that transportation projects should not be considered congressional pork. [...]

For now, Bachmann is declining to answer questions on the topic. Her congressional and campaign staff did not respond to numerous requests for comment.

Maybe her god will answer for her.

And how nice that she's taking Question Avoidance 101 classes from Sharron Angle and Sarah Palin (more of that in the video). Moving on:

"I don't need government to be successful," she proudly told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly in fall 2009...

Um, Michele? If you're running for the highest office in government, you kinda do.

Michele Bachmann: Hypocridiot-O'-The-Day.

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Quickie: Jim DeMint on God's shrinkage


Today's Quickie:

Via Think Progress, it seems Jim DeMint has been watching too much Seinfeld:

DeMint told host Tony Perkins that the size of government and the size of God exist in an inverse relationship – “the bigger government gets, the smaller God gets”.

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?


VIDEO: Rachel Maddow exposes the "small gov't." hypocrisy of intrusive GOP


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"If you believe in small government and individual liberty, the idea that the government would mandate what it is that your doctor has to tell you in your medical appointments, that the government would essentially write a script for your doctor that the doctor is required to read to you, the government would insert itself into your decision with your doctor about what you want to do in terms of a medical procedure, the government would override your judgment and your doctor's judgment, and instead substitute the government's decree about what should happen at your doctor's visit. That is a lot of things, but it is not small C conservative. That is not small government."


"The mission of the South Fulton Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of its citizens"


This is from last night's Countdown:

This is the South Fulton, Tennessee Fire Department's mission statement:

Mission Statement

"The mission of the South Fulton Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of its citizens, and provide good public relations through fire safety education to all businesses and schools."

I'm sure Mr. Cranick will see them in a whole new light now.

H/t: Gr8RDH


"Are we going to forgo... providing medical care to millions of seniors and the disabled?"


By GottaLaff

Via the L.A. Times letters to the editor:

Thoughts on a GOP 'tea party'

Re “The ‘tea party’ dance,” Opinion, Feb. 21

I read with interest Jacob Heilbrunn's article on the delicate attempt the GOP is making to recruit "tea party" members with a conservative manifesto, the Mount Vernon statement.

I always find one of the main points both groups make to be incomprehensible: the need for small government. How is it possible for a country of more than 300 million people, with the world's most advanced military and with millions of miles of interstate highways, sewers and interconnected electric grids, to be overseen effectively by a small government?

Are we going to forgo educating children? Scientific research? Policing our streets or putting out fires? Building roads, power plants and providing medical care to millions of seniors and the disabled? Are we going to remove our troops from all corners of the world?

I have no interest in aligning myself with the inchoate rage of the tea party or the GOP, but I would like to know how they really think they can run our county with a small government. I fear they know they can't and are using this simplistic but appealing pitch for cynical political gain.


I wonder how many of those implacable foes of government have ever received benefits in the form of Social Security, Medicare, unemployment, farm subsidies, education grants, etc.?

Why can't the Obama administration's message be as clear as this?