A middle aged guy sits down on a park bench. Serendipitously, his long-time friend walks by, spots him and comes to sit next to him. After preliminary small talk, they start talking about politics—the inevitable conversational coin. The middle-aged guy asks his friend,
“So you think there’s too much government? Just what would you cut out?”
If you answer this question, you enter into an all-day long debate in which you just barely make it through all the government administrations. Incredible, right?
If you tried to name something you’d like to get rid of, you’d be sucked into a vacuum because you’d never be able to name one specific administration or other government machine to cut. You’d end up saying something completely vague like,
“Oh, just excess spending you know…..stuff like that.” Not only will you come across as a complete ignoramus, but you will be eternally frustrated with your answer.
The only way to avoid this, unless you’re a specialized economist or a government veteran (i.e. have been working there for over twenty years), is to throw the argument back on your debating opponent. That is the only way you can get out of it….unless you’re a government geek.