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Is the Government Ever Big Enough?

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Can the government ever be too big? How much spending is enough spending? And if there can be too much spending, where is that point? “When was the last time you heard a liberal politician say, ‘Yeah, we solved that social ill. We’re just going to close up that government agency now, zero out the budget and move on to another problem,'” asks William Voegeli, Senior Editor of the Claremont Review of Books.

In the video below, Voegeli explains why our republic can’t go on governing without a limiting principle on government.

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).


  • Mike Jacob

    When’s the last time you heard a “conservative” say anything like that, for that matter? The only difference between Democrats and Republicans these days is the speed at which we race to oblivion.

    • Exactly! Democrats are socialists and Republicans socialist light. Reagan began the tradition of giving socialists more spending on entitlements in exchange for more spending on the military. The military is as big a problem as entitlements and bigger than welfare.

      • Beau Jackson

        Don’t I know it. We lived in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia for awhile, lots of “military” families in that area, most of them holding very non-essential jobs. We need a strong military, obviously, but there’s a lot of fat in the Defense budget that cut be trimmed, but the pork-bestowing Congress wouldn’t dream of it.

  • gigi4747

    This is great. I was surprised though by the speaker’s use of the word,” entitlement.” That seems like exactly the wrong word to be using vis-a-vis social programs.