Joseph B. Harrington writes: Perhaps only the ardent Ayn Rand rightist argues that the federal government should not be in the business of helping our fellow citizens recover from devastation on this scale. Yet candidates who promise lower taxes and more government stuff relieve us from having to think rationally about paying for what we want to get from government. As a result, we have accumulated an astonishing $16 trillion debt, and that’s a tragedy.
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