March 24, 2012 |
"The Hunger Games," the teen action-adventure film that is opening to big numbers this weekend, is, without question, a parable of the Occupy Wall Street movement. It's also a cautionary tale about Big Government. And undeniably a Christian allegory about the importance of finding Jesus. Or maybe a call for campaign-finance reform? Like the Suzanne Collins bestseller on which it is based, the movie about a teenage girl fighting for her life in a televised death match in a dystopian post-apocalyptic country that has replaced America has a whiff of political content.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1999
Re "Anti-'Government' Feeling Is a Luxury for Americans," Commentary, Aug. 27: Matthew Miller implies that if the federal government were reduced as the Republicans want, America would end up with Third World conditions not unlike what we see in Turkey, where lax enforcement of inadequate housing codes contributed to the recent tragedy there. But who are the Republicans who are calling for the rescission of safe housing codes? Even more, where are the ones who, as Miller insinuates, want to do away with clean water, clean air, safe food and disease control?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1986
Why doesn't someone put a lid on columnist George Will? His arrogant mouthing-off leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It is obvious that this bespectacled invective-hurler is the greatest fan of Big Government since F.D.R., yet he calls himself a conservative. In his Jan. 16 column, Will whines that under Gramm-Rudman, " . . . not much government will remain: No FBI , no Coast Guard." He has the gall to say of the plan by which bureaucrats will automatically invoke budget cuts, "What in the name of Jefferson has to do with the due process of democracy?"
September 10, 2005 |
President Bush, who came to office pledging to complete the Reagan revolution against big government, is set to preside over one of the biggest government undertakings in recent U.S. history -- the reconstruction of the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast. In doing so, the president is turning to many of the New Deal and Great Society programs that he long criticized as too costly and a threat to Americans' sense of self-reliance.
October 12, 1986
Earl Hutchinson's Viewpoint ("In Defense of Big Government," Oct. 5) shows that the author has not researched the facts. The New Deal did little to alleviate the Great Depression. Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt's economic policies were of little benefit to anyone, and the taxpayers are stuck paying for them today. It was World War II that revived the U.S. economy. Hutchinson is correct that defense spending has been rising under the Reagan Administration, but he is incorrect in saying that spending for social programs is falling.
October 1, 1996 |
With a great rhetorical flourish earlier this year, President Clinton solemnly declared that "the era of big government is over." But almost from that moment forward, Clinton has proposed a seemingly bottomless list of new government initiatives targeted at problems from teenage smoking to television violence to rising college tuition costs. Bob Dole, meanwhile, is rapidly escalating his efforts to brand Clinton as "an old-style, dyed-in-the-wool, big-spending liberal."