The Myth of Small Government Conservatism

For decades the modern conservative movement has presented itself as favoring small government. This message was perfected by Ronald Reagan when he asserted that “government is the problem.” Despite the fact that, as president, Reagan did nothing to limit government as attested to by increased government spending and what were, up to that time, record deficits. Reagan also didn’t shirk the prospects of expanding the power of the executive at the expense of democratic principles, as evidenced by the Iran/Contra scandal, mining harbors in Nicaragua… 

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