GOP leaders intent on conservative governance signaled a desire to try to fundamentally change state government, shrinking it significantly. And they acknowledged that could mean more job losses and service cuts to already recession-hammered states anticipating more budget trouble ahead.
"While we're all facing these challenges, there are incredible opportunities for us to go look at what the core missions of government were, and redefine the role," said South Carolina Gov.-elect Nikki Haley, adding that the institution was never intended to be all things to all people. "We're going to have to scale back."
"We have to be honest with the people of our states and say, 'This is going to hurt. We're going to struggle,'" Haley added. But she said she was confident that the GOP's remaking-government approach ultimately would make Republicans — and their states — stronger.
Answer by Jambo4 at 5:53 PM on Nov. 18, 2010
I think one of the reasons unemployment is >9% is intrusive, big government. I think that shrinking government's intrusion will help the unemployment rate go down. The more government has "intervened" to help, the more the unemployment rises (or stagnates). I think the retraction of government will be a solution to our woes.
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