Klein asks the right questions

Sure, Joe Klein‘s latest TIME column features his standard gratuitous Republican-bashing and his laughable assertion that President Obama is a “very moderate Democrat.”

Still, Klein dares to mention the key questions posed by “nonstop extreme and occasionally foolish” Republican presidential candidates as we approach the Iowa caucuses:

When you strip away the silliness, though, the Republicans have waged their campaign around the most important questions facing the country right now: How much government is enough? Should we reform the welfare state? Can we update the clunky apparatus that was built for an industrial, assembly-line era and make it appropriate to our circumstances? How do we support our citizens in a volatile, global economy while encouraging them to take risks and innovate? These are questions that are worthy of a serious presidential campaign, and this memorably goofy crop of Republicans should, against all logic, be congratulated for raising them.

If only we could convince more left-of-center observers to ask how much big government is enough big government. It’s a conversation worth having.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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