I just read this and decided to put in my 2 cents, so here I go and jump into the fire...
I am completely against big government.
It is all about incentives. Who has more inventive to improve quality of a product or service, the government, or a company that can profit? Of course, there are exceptions such as the military, which should remain with the government etc., but other than that, I would rather get a service from a private company that has a vested interest in me.
In this case, the government has little competition with any service or product that it provides, so they should they make it better until it hurts someone or becomes completely useless? Really, give me a reason and an example where this has worked, and you can find so many more examples of where it has failed miserably.
On the other hand, products and services provided by private companies in a potentially profitable sector will always find competition. Now, there are incentives to improve product and services to compete with other businesses. (This can even work with highways and just about anything else.)
Who benefits from bigger government? Big government and the people who profit from their services do.
Who benefits from small government? Everyone does (except of course big gov.), including you. The economy would be larger from the increased competition and resulting jobs and better products and services. Plus, there are more opportunities for hard working Americans to make more money, and thus spread that money. It also gives "less working" Americans incentives to become hard working Americans because they are no longer given a fee ride; an element of society that was costing money is now producing and providing it. What is so bad about small government?
That is my opinion, what is yours?
I don't like seeing people argue against something they just suggested because someone on the other side of the river agrees. It makes no sense other than to perpetuate arguing for its own sake.
I would like to see people make up their minds about their opinions before they "pull a Kerry" or if that is too strong a term, "pulled a monica" for you Freinds fans.
I would require prisoners to be society's maids.
So, crooks must earn freedom but everyone else can just consume it at will without a price or let poor boys and girls who want a college education do the dying and serving for them? Gee, that's a healthy national character.