Rep. Jeff Flake on Republicans and Small Government
David Weigel and Katherine Mangu-Ward from Reason magazine ask Representative Jeff Flake about Republicans and small government and here is the answer.
Reason: Has the GOP given up on the ideals of small government?
Flake: Well, that’s the natural conclusion to draw. There are some—like [fellow Arizona Republican Rep.] John Shadegg and not many others—who still vote for limited government. Of course all of them still profess it, but when you look at their votes you have a hard time concluding that they really believe it. Staying in office, staying in power, has come to overwhelm everything.
So, if you think smaller government is a good idea you have to look elsewhere than the Republican party because they have abandoned that idea. This includes people such as Reagan Republicans (government isn’t the solution, it is the problem).
Flake’s only justification for voting Republican if you are a libertarian/minarchist/classical liberal is that the alternative,the Democrats, is actually worse. It really isn’t all that much of an argument, IMO. About the only policy that one can point to are tax cuts, but I’d argue that the Repbulican profligacy renders this argument quite weak. After all, these deficits will have to be paid for eventually, and when that time comes taxes will likely have to go up. So, the reason for a libertarian/minarchist/classical liberal to vote Republican: none.