Writing in Saturday's Wall Street Journal, Reason.tv's Nick Gillespie detailed the many ways in which George W. Bush grew the size and the scope of government: spending, entitlements, regulation, executive power, you name it. He concludes:
Bush's legacy is thus a bizarro version of Ronald Reagan's. Reagan entered office declaring that government was not the solution to our problems, it was the problem. Ironically, he demonstrated that government could do some important things right-he helped tame inflation and masterfully drew the Cold War to a nonviolent triumph for the Free World. By contrast, Bush has massively expanded the government along with the sense that government is incompetent.