From The New York Times.  Spending cuts are what many government have to do to ensure their country’s economy is not crushed by too much government.  But when you take the point-of-view of government-as-driver-of-social-progress this approach is a disaster. You can see the writer of this article believes that.

In the U.S., local governments have done some of this, and state governments that do not cut spending are gambling that the federal government will bail them out.

Gene Healy sees optimism and potential for pols in the U.S.:

Hope has been hard to come by for small-government types in the age of Obama. But the Tea Party movement could learn a lot from the urbane duo of Cameron and Clegg, who’ve brought together the best traditions of British liberalism, marrying economic and social laissez-faire.

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