Are Liberals More Corrupt?The premise of the question, that modern conservatives are in any way "small-government;" is laughable. They would love to zero-out spending on all social programs, of course, but only so that the savings could be diverted into other government programs that they like--such as defense spending. The Republican Party is pro-defense spending, pro-discretionary war, pro-domestic surveillance, pro-national ID, and pro-illegal detention. Government doesn't get much bigger than that.
By GAIL COLLINS and ROSS DOUTHAT
Gail Collins and Ross Douthat discuss whether big government means dirty politics.
And as for "dirty politics," here's a handy rule of thumb: It took congressional Democrats about thirty years to become so corrupt, arrogant, and out-of-touch that they were finally driven out of power. It took Republicans a little over ten years to accomplish the same thing.