I hear a lot of talk about how Barack Obama supports big government. I see no direct evidence of this and really feel like such talk mostly comes from whiny teabagger welfare recipients. About the worst you can accuse Barack Obama of is not using his bully pulpit more effectively on a gridlocked Congress. But that is not what this post is about...
What confuses me is how we heard so little about the expanding size of government when George W. Bush was in office. Along with federalizing airport security and signing the Patriot Act into law, we lost a huge surplus, overthrew Iraq and started running their government for them.
Why is it that a Republican can kill a surplus, expand the size of government and start running a second government and no one gives a shit. But when a Democrat wants to do something useful like get rid of recision in the health insurance industry (the practice of dropping paying customers for pre-existing conditions) you would think the whole world was coming to an end.
Bottom line. I think this is all driven by people who let "liberal" and "conservative" labels do their thinking for them. There is nothing wrong with looking at an idea in isolation and ignoring where it came from. Try that on for size and then tell me how much you hate politicians.