...The libertarian impulses of my youth and the stoic conservatism of my early adult years are gradually giving way to the doubts of middle-age - doubts that are centered on two questions:
(1) Do I really believe smaller government and lower taxes are the cures to what ails us?
(2) When people are hurting and in need, is it appropriate for their government to turn away, claiming, "That's not our issue; it should be resolved by individuals and the free market"?...
[regarding 13 year Republican Congressman]
...So, let me get this straight: When rock-solid conservatives learn that their constituents are suffering, they suddenly decide government should do something about it?
That's not a surprise, really. Many of us have had a change of heart about government action when we encounter unexpected and otherwise insurmountable challenges....