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It’s the Pork That Binds Us: John Kerry Issues Dire Warning Against Cutting Size of Government

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By Doug Powers  •  January 11, 2011 01:50 PM

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John Kerry has taken the handoff of the “every great idea has required government to succeed” baton from Joe Biden in the third leg of the “Defend Public Sector Bloat at Any Cost” relay and is lumbering for the finish line — and fails to properly credit Al Gore in the process:

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) warned incoming Republicans Tuesday morning against cutting back the size of government so much that it cannot contribute to U.S. productivity.

“Do they want a government too limited to have invented the Internet, now a vital part of our commerce and communications?” he asked at one point.

Kerry also argued that the government’s bailout of U.S. auto companies was warranted, and said government-funded research programs should be spared.

“[Do they want a] government too small to give America’s auto industry and all its workers a second chance to fight for their survival? Taxes too low to invest in the research that creates jobs and industries and fills the Treasury with the revenue that educates our children, cures disease, and defends our country?” he said in remarks to the Center for American Progress.

“We gave you the Internet and this is the thanks we get over a measly $14 trillion debt and horrible economy?”

If Americans’ taxes are too low, they’ll have more money, and we all know that they can’t be trusted to spend it wisely.

Speaking of taxes, have Thurston and Lovey paid what they owe Massachusetts for the SS Rhode Island yet? How can the government contribute to productivity if Kerry’s holding out on everybody?

Update: Kerry on the same day: Congressional gridlock has left people “somehow bitter.”

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

**Written by Doug Powers

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