For or against big government, or both?

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 2/25/12

Here’s what, after years of trying, I don’t understand: why do people who are “against big government” favor things like:

The US forbidding states to legalize marijuana or euthanasia?

The feds intervening in the economy?

Increasing military spending?

Government spying on Americans?

While we’re pondering that, according to Michael D. Shear, “Rising Gas Prices Give G.O.P. Issue to Attack Obama,” New York Times, 2/19/12:

…In a closed-door meeting last week, Speaker John A. Boehner instructed fellow Republicans to embrace the gas-pump anger they find among their constituents when they return to their districts for the Presidents’ Day recess.

So, what happened to the free market? Isn’t that supposed to work its magic to even out supply and demand by bringing prices to a rational level? Free market people are against rent control and price controls, right? Why aren’t they happy when people make money by selling gas?

Actually, why are gas and home heating oil prices rising? …

read more at A View from West Chester, 2/25/12