(This was originally written as a newspaper column.)
Republicans haven’t always been for small government. Teddy Roosevelt was a progressive and used the state to do all sorts of things, including establishing our system of national parks. Herbert Hoover, despite his reputation as a small government guy was anything but for limited government. In fact FDR ran to the right of Hoover in 1932 on government spending. Nixon founded the EPA, the National Endowment for the arts, and started the “War on Drugs.” Even Reagan, with the help of a compliant Democrat Congress spent with abandon on defense. So maybe the passing of the GOP as the “party of small government,” isn’t really a passing at all. Maybe Mittens, Newt, and Santorum are just the continuance of a long line of big government Republicans.