Republicans say they want smaller government and lower spending. I think that at least some of them do, sincerely, want smaller government and lower spending in certain limited areas (excluding, of course, the military, anything having to do with being scared of terrorism, and the Great War on Drugs).
There's even a chance that, all history and human nature and Washington culture aside, the new Republican House majority will, despite a hostile President and a badly divided Senate, try to reduce government.
Where would they start?
Well, they ought to look at, and consider, Reason's suggestions on "How to Slash the State." That article suggests some steps that could result in material changes, as opposed to cosmetic changes, in federal and state spending.
But they won't. Most of that stuff is still too "extreme" — or will be painted as too extreme. It threatens too many well-feathered nests.
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