Friday, October 10th, 2008
Ilya Somin at The Volokh Conspiracy raises a perfectly legitimate point:
Nonetheless, I fear that the conjunction of an Obama victory, a strongly Democratic Congress, and a major economic crisis will produce a massive and difficult to reverse expansion of government
This is one of the great chopping points that divides sides on political theory and federalism. But it’s also fraught with ambiguity, which is perhaps a good thing. It could be argued, for example, that laws against pot smoking are a legitimate government intrusion on people’s lives, whereas the regulation of alcohol can be viewed as non-intrusive.
These are arguments that need to exist. Legitimacy is an important issue. Where people should disagree is on the definitions and the details. What constitutes big or good government? What trade offs should be agreed to? It’s difficult to say now, given recent events. At the moment, people may be skeptical of but also thankful for a rather large hand, even with temporary nationalization.
We need to keep cool heads.
On that note, I say Go Obama!