Terms in our national debate come and go; some only stay long enough for a good laugh. “Peak oil” has left us. Other terms didn’t even stay long enough to enjoy.
But a term that keeps cropping up in one form or another has something to do with the size of government. Evidently there is a size to it that we need to understand. There is still talk of “big government” or “less government,” and we’ll soon need to take notice. Grover Norquist said that we should make government small enough to drown in a bathtub. As various branches of our government get smaller, we need a yardstick to tell us: “Are we there yet?” What was big? Maybe just compared to, say, some of the Wall Street companies or Enron. Too big to fail. And how little is small?
In our family, Wake County reduced our son’s work week from 40 hours to 30. And yes, he’s fortunate to still have a job. But wait – it ain’t over.
We should keep an eye on California, where downsizing has gotten beyond where Gov. Schwarzenegger can figure out what to do. He’s at a loss, so on to the issue of gay marriage.
As government shrinks, we’ll just have to wait and see. Norquist could tell us, but he’s nowhere to be found. Maybe putting water in the tub.
— Allen Thomas