Over at NewDonkey I came across this brilliant point:
A big, fat federal government that tries to do too much is arguably a bad thing. But a big, fat federal government that fails to meet all the big national challenges, and hardly does anything well, is far, far worse. And the trajectory of Washington in the Age of Bush is the worst possibility of all: a big, fat government that hardly does anything other than paying off debt and serving the interests of the nation's wealthiest and most powerful citizens.
For all the Republican rhetoric about the size of government Bush has grown government massively in his term. But it is growth that doesn't get anything done. Please see the missile defense test in the last post. The whole Bush approach to government can be summed up in that damn missile test.