My nominee goes to this paragraph from the Washington Post in reference to a farm subsidy that is $46B over budget and supposed to have expired almost 10 years ago but lives on:
For elected officials, a temporary program is a little act of political magic; it allows them to take credit for creating a program and also for ending it — all at once. The hard job, of course, is actually letting the thing die.
This is why taking a hard stance on starving the beast is so important. That is, even with all the inflammatory language and draconian stance on reducing budgets and austerity, the reality is that the beast still gets its food. If being extreme doesn’t work to solve the problem, then what will? (And just to be clear, yes, I am saying that government = problem, another political science identity equation)