"We need to reduce the size and scope of government."
This is the oldest of conservative and or republican mottos or phrases. But why? Where's the credibility, the reasoning or 'plans to at least localize government'?
Republicans just want to CUT the size of government, plain and simple. The problem is of course they hold this stance within a vacuum, ignorant that the reality of America is that we are still growing. The size and makeup of America's population is GROWING. Every day there are more cars, trucks, bicycles, airplanes, trains, and people operating them. Government needs to grow along side its citizenry.
By government, I don't necessarily mean just people working, but of general infrastructure itself, roads, highways, and bridges, when last inspected received D's & C's from the Army Corps of Engineers. Some in use right now, received F's. So, rather than expand to keep up with current growth rates, and repair or replace much needed infrastructure upgrades, we are cutting spending through "sequester" and further degrading the systems we rely on.
If we raise taxes to both balance our debt, pay it down, while making it cheaper and easier to get goods and services to market we can and will stimulate the economy. By paying down the debt we make American Dollars worth more. These spending cuts are going to hurt both long and short term growth.
So long as we are growing as a nation, government especially infrastructural expansion is necessary.