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A Certain Victor In The Pandemic War: Big Government

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist once famously declared: “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.” What is more likely to be drowned is the philosophy: “That government governs best which governs least.” What is more likely to be drowned in that bathtub is the philosophy that champions small government, the primacy of the private sector, a belief in “pay as you go,” and that “balanced budgets” are the ideal. The one certain victor in the pandemic war will likely be Big Government. As John Donne wrote, “No winter shall abate this spring’s increase.”