News Columns & Blogs

Can conservatives govern if they are anti-government?

frankthomas2From a Wall Street Journal column by "What's the Matter With Kansas?" author Thomas Frank (in photo) about how it can be difficult for some conservatives to govern when they are anti-government:

"So this is how it works with conservatives at the helm: We starve government agencies of resources, we keep their employees' pay well below their private-sector counterparts, we make sure they know what we think of them as they wait their turn at the photocopier. Then we demand they protect us when there's a problem with extremely complex financial instruments, whose designers are defended by some of the best-paid lawyers in the world. And when the regulators inevitably fail? We declare indignantly that the problem begins and ends with them."