Here is a letter to the Sun-Sentinel:
Noelle Nikpour is absolutely right to point out to European nations and American liberals that big government is the root cause of crises brought on by unsustainable levels of debt. However, to maintain that conservatives are steadfast, stalwart enemies of big government and that Republicans adopt the policy prescriptions of cutting spending and privatization is pure partisan propaganda (Debt crisis: Big government remains big problem, July 24).
Was Ms. Nikpour paying attention to American politics during the eight years George W. Bush spent in the White House? During Bush’s presidency, when Republicans controlled both houses of Congress for the majority of the time, the size and scope of government grew to unprecedented levels. Under Republican controlled Washington we saw federal spending on education soar to its highest levels ever, a new prescription drug benefit program, stimulus packages, federal bailouts of private businesses, two wars, and the massive expansion of the national security state. Government spending and accumulation of debt was the modus operandi, and you call that limited government?
Big government policies as a bipartisan affair led to the debt problems we now face. Both parties are equally guilty and complicit, and to suggest otherwise is disingenuous.
Brad R. Schlesinger