Republican ideology calls for shrinking government and loosening regulation. George W. Bush came into office and followed through on some of that. Nearly eight years later, what are the results?
*When Hurricane Katrina struck, federal agencies tasked with responding to such events were unprepared and badly managed.
*When toxic food and dangerous toys flooded American stores from overseas, there few inspectors to stop these products from entering the country.
*When financial services giants stuffed their pockets while exposing the nation's economy to great risk, there were no regulators to rein them in.
Ronald Reagan, now the second-worst president of all-time, famously said, "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." I say that a Republican-run government is not the solution to our problem; Republican-run government is the problem.