Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government. They're wrong. The central issue is whom the government is for.
Consider the new spending bill Congress and the president agreed to a few weeks ago.
It's not especially large by historic standards. Under the $1.1 trillion measure, government spending doesn't rise as a percentage of the total economy. In fact, if the economy grows as expected, government spending will actually shrink over the next year.
The problem with the legislation is who gets the goodies and who's stuck with the tab.
For example, it repeals part of the Dodd-Frank Act designed to stop Wall Street...