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Austerity: Who’s really paying for the great recession?

OC Supervisor John Moorlach - Photo: Chris Prevatt

Austerity budgets cut at the core infrastructure costs of services provided by local governments. Such cuts weaken our infrastructure of public services ultimately causing them to break under the weight of trying to do too much with too little. Breaking government, starving the beast, is the goal of anti-government GOP elected officials like Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach, who are now focused on using the ruse of austerity as a means to that end.

Some Summer Reading: The Conservative Nanny State

If columnist Jonah Goldberg can write a book about “Liberal Facism,” is was only a matter of time before someone truly looked into the notion of a “Nanny State,” a term Chuck DeVore has claimed to “coined” and “popularized,” and noted that rich conservatives are the chief beneficiary of Nanny State policies. Economist Dean Baker…