Tea Party members, in fact the right in general in the US, are having just the teeeeeniest bit of bother deciding what they want, big or small government.
Now, for those of you who’ve watched the poor dears doing the small government cha cha for years may be surprised to hear this.
In an interesting piece of research, the Pew Institute asked a large group of Republicans, both Tea Partiers and some who still retained a vestige of sanity, whether they preferred big or small government.
Sometime later, the researchers asked the same group of people a great long list of questions, including:
- Should government be responsible for food safety?
- Should government be responsible for infrastructure like roads and bridges?
- Should government provide a safety net for those unable to fully take care of themselves?
- Should government be responsible for fighting terrorism?
- Should government keep medications affordable?
- Should government keep our society safe?
- Should there be a government Centre for Disease Control?
- Should the be a Dept of Defense, or NASA, or Dept of Veteran’s Affairs?
- and many more along the same lines.
Low and behold, more than 80% of the people who seemed to be having wet dreams at the idea of minuscule or even nonexistent government, answered yes to most of the questions.
It doesn’t take an intellectual giant to figure out that any government capable of doing all this stuff, is going to be a fair size. In fact, it’ll probably look pretty much like the government they’ve got.
They weren’t entirely inconsistent though. Nearly all the Tea Partiers and Republicans hated the Environmental Protection Agency and the and the IRS.
Well nobody loves tax gatherers.
When Democrats were asked the same questions, they, as one would expect, virtually all answered yes to most questions.
So, it turns out that everybody likes the IDEA of small government; they just don’t want it to interfere with the services they enjoy.
Turning our attention back to our beloved Oz, this all begs the question of what might be the implications for us.
So here’s something to ponder on: What if the swingers, (voters, I mean, not the other kind), liked what Abbott had to say in opposition, drank deep from the well of Liberal GI Juice on polling day, but now are less than keen on what the crazies we voted in are doing to us.
Would explain a thing or three, doncha think?