|Daniel Hannan--elected to the EU at age 27|
2. Although government spending can have a short-term stimulating effect, state agencies are unwieldy organizations. Often the worst downturn will be over before their full fiscal impact is felt.
3. Debt incurred by supposed contingency measures can take decades to pay off, as notionally emergency policies become a permanent drain on the treasury.
4. There is a tendency in government to expand at times of crisis, not in order to meet the crisis, but in order to allow politicians to demonstrate they are "doing everything in their power." (You've probably heard the joke that the country would be better off if Congress adjourned for 11 months out of the year!)
5. Such expansion is most damaging and most permanent when it is carried out at a time of one-party dominance.
6. Whatever the economical consequence of state expansion, there are always deleterious democratic consequences, as the advantages of decentralization are lost. (Citizens find that decisions that impact them the most are made not by locally elected officials, but by the appointed directors of large bureaucracies.)
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