George W. Bush once again says absurd things about the role of government (Nod to Andrew Sullivan):
“[T]he role of government is to stand there and say, ‘We’re going to help you.’ The job of the federal government is to fund the providers who are actually making a difference.”
He was talking in the context of federal aid to couples with marriage counseling and the like. I know I’ve said this before, but if Bill Clinton had proposed spending piles of money on marriage counseling — other than for himself — conservatives would have screamed bloody murder about liberal social engineering and whatnot. Now, this might be a good policy compared to others, but it isn’t a policy someone who believes in limited government would advocate. And beyond the specifics of the policy itself, it is not the role of the government to say “we’re going to help you” — unless, say, the Chinese Red Army is encircling your town.