14 Apr 2010

I support tea baggers*

Not because they lack logic ("get your government hands off my medicare"), but because they are worried about wasteful government spending and the brutal taxes and borrowing that come with them. Bush II is more responsible than Obama for the current military and economic mess, but the Congress should also be blamed. Few members of the Democratic or Republican establishments deserve our support, but Ron Paul (R-TX) gets my vote, for his unflinching opposition to fat cats in DC.

(I favor public funding of health care and education, with private provision -- competition -- for each. Current -- and recently passed -- legislation does nothing to address quality and cost problems. A pity.)

For more on these topics, listen to this podcast on Public Choice.

Addendum: BC sent the image on right. Not sure about source (it seems to leave out ss/medicare transfers), but I agree with the general point.

Bottom Line: The only way to reduce government waste is to reduce government.

* I know that they are really called tea partiers, but I kinda like the new name. They should take it over and wear it with pride -- like gays (their natural allies :) -- did.