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February 13, 2013


The Case for Government in an Era of Spending Cuts

"Thirty-two years after President Ronald Reagan proclaimed that 'government is the problem' and 17 years after President Bill Clinton offered a surrender of sorts on that issue by stating that the 'era of big government is over,' President Obama made a case Tuesday night for closing out the politics of austerity," the New York Times reports.

"In a State of the Union address largely focused on economic themes, he asserted that 'we can't just cut our way to prosperity' and suggested that it is time for a more balanced approach, including accepting that government has a vital role to play in ensuring economic growth and a secure middle class."

Marc Ambinder says that "by not proposing a new 'Grand Bargain' tonight, Obama has effectively foreclosed on the idea. Forever."












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