"The era of big government is over," President Clinton said, and it may have been that philosophy that cost the lives of thousands as a result of Katrina.
In a column in today's New York Times, Paul Krugman writes: "For 25 years the right has been denigrating the public sector, telling us that government is always the problem, not the solution. Why should we be surprised that when we needed a government solution, it wasn't forthcoming?"
Krugman and others are quick to blame the right, but the simple fact is President Clinton and other Democrats never made the case for government serving the needs of the people. The nation is paying the price.