Consider the paradox described at the beginning of this chapter: the
public believes strongly in small government but endorses almost all the
activities that government actually performs. Why do you think
Americans hold such contradictory beliefs?
government in the abstract can be very misleading. They tend to trigger
the negative stereotypes of government that lie close to the surface in
many of our minds – corrupt politicians, wasteful bureaucracies, “Big
May 3rd, 2015
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