Not Quite a Fisking

I don’t get too often into the comments on this site, but this one has me scratching my head:

I wonder why you call yourself a libertarian.

You say you love this kind of government and you love that kind of government.

And you are in favor of MASSIVE government spending programs……

Don’t you realize by now that the only way to get your massive spending programs approved is to give everybody else their massive spending programs too?

You are a good writer and I enjoy reading what you have to say. But to paint yourself as a fiscally conservative libertarian is truly a work of fiction.


I appreciate the compliments about the writing, but I’ll be damned if I can remember the last big government program (other than the current War, which isn’t a “program,” it’s a necessity for national survival) I supported.

In fact, searches for the terms “government spending” and “government programs” yielded some libertarian gems.

September 17, 2002:

I’m no supporter of government-sponsored research, especially in medicine. Libertarian that I am, I think business should invest their own money in profitable areas.

November 19, 2002:

Gore now supports a single-payer socialized medical insurance plan. A sure recipe for greater government spending and, eventually, higher inflation.

February 12, 2003:

Getting serious about terrorism means taking the fight to the bad guys. It shouldn


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