Starve the Beast
Grover Norquist in Foreign Affairs railing against the suggestion that taxes be raised:
Despite these strict [constitutional] limits, the U.S. federal government has grown enormously in size, cost, and power over the last two centuries, mostly as a result of the country’s engagement in successive wars. With each conflict, Washington increased its spending and powers of taxation under the false flag of temporary necessity and appeals to patriotism. After each war, the government refused to return to its previous size and level of power.
Norquist’s evolution to out-and-out advocate of deep defense cuts and military restraint is pleasant. It hasn’t yet been reflected in the mantras of the Republican Party, but there is potential for it to puncture the doctrinaire opposition to defense cuts.