If you’re over 50, from a purely self-serving perspective, it might make sense to be for more government. Right now the vault doors are open. Might as well take as much as one can while one can.
And younger people are letting, or at least have let, baby boomers do it. Young people helped get president Obama elected. (Though what were they to do, vote for the nearly as bad McCain?)
And at least some of these young people (though thankfully it looks like it will be much fewer this time around) will still support Obama and his statist policies in the next election. Basically they are committing fiscal suicide by supporting those who would expand the state.
Medicare, Social Security, public employee pensions, and a million other expenditures for the baby boomers will be paid for by the younger (and much smaller) next generation. We cannot afford the state as it is. It will break us.
But God forbid we suggest cutting these expenditures. The boomers turn out and crush any politician who suggests it. I actually believe that this is the second biggest reason why older Republicans didn’t support Ron Paul. Despite calling themselves “conservatives” many older Republicans still want “what they have coming.”
In the attached article the author makes the same point that I make above. Young people are on the losing end of the state, and they had better wake up. The “fiscal cliff” people in Washington are talking about is nothing compared to what we will see in coming years. Either we engage in some extraordinary citizenship, or we will seep into the debt mire. The author of the article, sadly, sees that latter as the most likely.