A rare misstep by the judge. Stewart presented the defining argument of our time and the Judge spoke of law and philosophy instead of math and dollars.
Look folks, the answer to Jon's questions are not that hard, and Ron himself needs to do better. Right now, the debate goes like this...
(1) Libertarian says: The govt has no business telling me what to put in my body, don't need cradle-to-grave govt help, yada yada yada.
(2) Liberal says: So the govt is the enemy and has no role in (insert sweet cause here) helping our kids get an education, the health of its less fortunate, yada, yada.
(3) Libertarian gets obscure, says things that will NEVER sway a non-libertarian: 'You have to understand, Govt is force, govt is coercion, we didn't even have an income tax before 1913, we didn't need The New Deal, pollution is better taken care of by private property laws,' yada yada.
In step (3) the libertarian SHOULD say meat-and-potatoes things like this:
You liked the Clinton years didn't you, so did I. Were those the times of incredible strife, a tattered, social safety net?, no, not at all. But, adjusted for inflation, govt spending here has exploded by 40% since then, and why? Without inflation, govt doubled Jon, and why? Because the left and the right and good-hearted people like you Jon didn't pay attention in 2003 when Medicare D was passed, didn't ask 'can we afford that,' nor when No Child Left Behind doubled the size of the Dept of Education because well, "No Child Left Behind," can't go wrong with a name like that right? "Patriot Act," nothing sounds better than that right?
There is still a huge federal govt under, for example, Ron Paul's plan to cut a trillion dollars. His plan makes govt only moderately smaller than during the Clinton years, but we can't have that debate, no, you're not as interested in talking about the explosion in the size of govt since Clinton, because why, big govt intentions are good? We're broke and our kids and grandkids are screwed Jon, our good intentions aren't going to matter worth a damn to them, let's talk about that."
10-15 million more voters need to believe in non-interventionism (liberty) at home and abroad to change America. Minds changed on Syria. Minds changing on privacy. "Printing money" is part of the dialogue. Win minds through focus, strategy.
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