Fair enough point on libertarian vs. conservative. But as I say in the piece, basically everyone in the GOP at the federal level has signed Norquist’s pledge, so the label may be a distinction without a difference.

The mainstream conservatives and power show very clear hostility to major functions of government. When Paul Ryan says he has ‘dreamed’ of cutting medicaid since college, what do you think he means?

There’s unbelievable hostility to the safety net programs from the right (and toward the people who need the). Orrin Hatch maligned kids who need healthcare as freeloaders.


How much of the large functions of government do they want to get rid of. Hard to say, since they don’t come right out with numbers. Credit to Norquist for having the balls to put some actual numbers on it (but he’s not an elected official, so it’s easier).

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