Structural Reform: What Do You Think?
August 28, 2011
As I’ve discussed before, no matter how you measure it, government is big, and getting bigger all the time. Comparatively speaking, Democrats are certainly the party of higher taxes, more spending, a greater regulatory burden, and more “entitlements”, but the government only ever seems to get bigger, under Democrats or Republicans.
I’ve suggested before that possibly this trajectory can be altered only by repealing the Seventeenth Amendment (popular election of senators) or an equivalent structural reform, or that having a strongly pro-federalism president might be the next-best thing, but it’s possible that the former is impossible and that the latter will not be enough to change the basic trajectory.
So I’d like to open the discussion. What do you think? What could we do to reverse the remorseless growth of government? Use your imagination—it doesn’t have to be something that would require a constitutional amendment, or even a governmental change at all.
I’m going to make this an experimental “slow” post—all comments will be held until roughly a week after this entry was originally posted.
Seriously, if you have any thoughts, please do feel free to share them below! I won’t promise that no one will disagree with your idea, but I will promise to moderate the comments and keep any discussion civil.