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One Idea, Many Consequences

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 12.09.2014 | Chicago
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Preparing to take office in January, Bruce Rauner has turned to Illinoisans for ideas. People providing ideas are asked to allocate them to one of the 88 state agencies. The Department of Aging, being the first on the list, caught my attention.

The Tea Party Is Dead! Long Live the Tea Party!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Tea Party groups have evolved over time. Initially, they were supposed to be grassroots, libertarian, and spontaneous; but there were many who almost immediately attempted to grab the Tea Party mantle and turn it into their own giant political machine.

GOP's Small Government Fetish

Salon | Alex Pareene | Posted 07.05.2013 | Politics

The delicate immigration reform negotiations in the Senate were supposed to pass a bill that allowed undocumented immigrants to earn American citizens...

A Step Forward for the GOP With Young People

Karin Agness | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Karin Agness

From a Republican perspective, there seems to be a disconnect between the impact of Democratic policies on the lives of young people and which political party young people favor. Looking forward, the question is can Republicans make that connection? If so, how?

Grover and the Bathtub

Barry Levinson | Posted 05.14.2013 | Comedy
Barry Levinson

I spoke with Dr. R.H Flutes again, who heads up the Lying Institute of America. For those not familiar with the good doctor, he has schooled hundreds of politicians both on the local and the national level to help them refine their lying skills.

Is the Republican Party Even Relevant?

Matt Jones | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Matt Jones

The people I work with have real problems and are yearning for real solutions -- and our politicians are failing them. The Republican Party needs to begin to address the needs of people like them if it wants to become relevant again. And yet, despite my current disillusions, I still consider myself a Republican.

Conservative Messengers Need New Ideas

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Ronald Reagan put the Republican Party and conservative movement nationally into the big tent business. The Tea Party has shrunk the size of that tent by closing the tent flaps to many. If it continues to do so, it may eventually be in the pup tent business.

Governs Least

Brett C. Di Resta | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Brett C. Di Resta

The biggest problem for the modern GOP is that they want to run the government without any interest in governing.

A Modest Proposal

Bill Allen | Posted 01.16.2013 | Comedy
Bill Allen

In light of the Petraeus situation and the scrutiny it has received I have a modest proposal to solve several of the nation's problems at once.

Rape Panels

Cenk Uygur | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Republicans so far have referred to legitimate rape, forcible rape, easy rape, honest rape, emergency rape, enjoyable rape and now gift-from-God rape. They're not saying all of this because they just keep slipping up with words.

Sowing Smaller Government, Reaping... Salmonella?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.04.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

"Smaller government" makes a swell sound bite, because it sounds like standing up against waste, inefficiency, and the quagmire of bureaucracy. But in the course of political harangues where sound bites prevail, it's often hard to tell exactly who is apt to get bitten.

Obama Sews Up Voters Who Want 'Bigger Government'

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 09.24.2012 | Politics

Voters' decisions at the ballot box are increasingly tied to their overall views on the role of government, according to a poll released Monday by the...

Is Small Government Better Government? Or Is This Just Another "Sounds Good" Ruse

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Rare are candidates who run for top spots in government so they can shrink their dominion. So when I hear we need smaller government from conservative candidates, I'm skeptical.

The Republican "Small Government" Fraud

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Just take a look at the platform that will emerge from the GOP national convention. There will be plenty of rhetoric about freedom and limited government. But the party's actual policies will reflect a very different agenda.

The No-Governmentalists

Andy Kutler | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Andy Kutler

The wedge that divides America today is a familiar one; simply, to what extent we should have "more" or "less" government in our lives.

It's Smaller Government, Stupid

Bill Schneider | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Bill Schneider

If this campaign were a debate over economic growth, Obama would probably lose. Instead, Republicans are turning it into a debate over the safety net.

I'm Sick and Tired of Americans Bashing Our Government

BJ Gallagher | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

On the day after the 4th of July, a Facebook "friend" posted a picture of the U.S. Capitol with a caption underneath that read, "GOVERNMENT: If you think the problems we create are bad, just wait until you see our solutions."

12 Republican Myths That Are Killing Us

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

No Republican presidential candidate has been willing to take on the hard myths. The myths that are killing us. Here are a dirty dozen.

Jennifer Bendery

GOP Warms To Obama's Plan To Trim And Merge

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans are cautiously embracing President Barack Obama's proposal for shrinking the size of the federal government, a...

The United States of Europe -- A Failure GOP Candidates Would Love to Emulate in the U.S.

Eugene Linden | Posted 02.01.2012 | World
Eugene Linden

Although the EU is only slightly smaller than the U.S. in GDP, it is a libertarian's dream in terms of the limitations on its governing policies.

Is The Bible A 'Small Government' Book?

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

The Bible is not a partisan document that calls on us to become Republicans or Democrats. What it offers is not a political platform but an ethical framework to guide us in our political thinking.

The Opportunity Provided by the "Deal" Debacle

Jay Mandle | Posted 10.04.2011 | Business
Jay Mandle

The right's success rests on one very solid foundation. The American people do not trust their government to serve their interests.

Smaller Government = Fewer Jobs

Bradley T. Borden | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Bradley T. Borden

The cause of the recent economic decline is simple: government downsizing eliminates jobs and tax breaks for businesses and wealthy individuals do not replace lost government jobs.

The Founding Fathers Were Not Libertarians

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

While I strongly disagree with the modern libertarian movement, I understand why my government-averse friends believe the things they believe, as opposed to, say, my friends who are Yankee fans.

Beyond Left And Right: Glenn Greenwald On The Tea Party And Civil Liberties

Salon | Glenn Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's long been clear that the best (and perhaps only) political hope for civil liberties in the U.S. is an alliance that transcends the standard Democ...