The Failure of Conservative Libertarian Government
I often here Republicans, conservatives and libertarians blaming all the ills in our country on big government. That's patently absurd. Before Social Security, there was high elderly poverty (over 30%), but since then there has been a marked decrease in elderly poverty that has been contributed to S.S.. The same thing with poverty in general and Lyndon Johnson's Great Society legislation. Responsible government can work.
But take the flip side and look at no government. Case in point Iraq. They have about as small government as you can imagine. But they have high poverty, extremely high unemployment, no order, and a whole slew of other problems.
Given the choice between no/limited government and responsible government (Social Security, Great Society, etc.), I'll take the latter. It works. Conservative/libertarian dreams of limited government doesn't seem to work.