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OK, the caveman had a smaller

OK, the caveman had a smaller central government than the 2% of GDP we had before 1913. But in 1913, the states chose to throw out the 2% model and create a monster. You can't blame 1913 on James Madison, he warned them.

* despite John Marshall, federal spending in 1912 was only 1.75% of GDP.

* Patrick Henry did not predict the specific cause of why the federal would grow out of control after 1913, namely that the states would vote to it more power.

* Madison wanted the smallest possible central government that could maintain justice in society. Would it be 1% of GDP? 2% of GDP? 5%? 10%? In 1787, no one knew exactly where that lay. After 1788, the Founding Founders realized that they got it just about exactly right. 2% in peacetime and 4% in wartime is the correct answer.

Thomas Jefferson 1796, 1800, 1804; James Madison 1808, 1812; Ron Paul 1988, 2008, 2012; Rand Paul 2016.