Friday, August 7, 2009

The NYTimes ponders: Are liberals more corrupt?

Now that the unpleasantness of the Stein affair is behind them, the OpEd page of the Times can reflect upon more important questions:

Are Liberals More Corrupt?

Gail Collins and Ross Douthat discuss whether big government means dirty politics.
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.

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.

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