William A. Niskanen

The End of Small Government?


On September 8, 2005, Wall Street Journal columnist David Wessel announced that “the era of small government is over. Sept. 11 challenged it. Katrina killed it.” Wessel’s declaration comes nearly a decade after President Clinton declared that “the era of big government is over.” But Clinton and Wessel are both wrong, for different reasons. The […]

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