Andrew Sullivan has several bursts on what he terms Bush’s Achilles heel: the massive budget deficit. While I agree with Sullivan up to a point–I thought the Era of Big Government was over–I’m not sure that the deficit per se makes that big a difference. One of the lessons of the 1990s was that you can easily grow your way out of massive deficits when the economy is booming. My concern is that all government programs become viewed as an entitlement and it thus becomes tough to cut back spending once it gets a dependent constituency. We’re still subsidizing helium and mole hair, after all.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.