Getting ready for some vacation time, but during an errand run, heard the end of a story on STDs on NPR. Was struck by the realization that I never really hear about how small government conservatives really want to address that? Is that part of their government system? Part they never really think about? Or is their approach to simply tell everyone that personal responsibility rules--therefore you are on your own?
My concerns about small government are many--but one of the things that concerns me the most is what seems like an almost purposeful effort to make those things that connect us disappear. No more shared parks, or shared subsidy of those things that we all use and all benefit from. Everyone on their own.
I don't like the sound of that at all, and fear that is the unintended (at least) impact of reducing government and undermining public and progressive programs. Public health is just one of those components.