A couple of developments in the last few days have got me wondering: What country in the world today embodies the small government, low taxes, anti abortion, "private sector holds all the answers, let's drown government in the bathtub" mentality that is the cornerstone of the Republican right today. Where is the example of this low tax, small government, everything handled by the invisible hand of the markets? This struck me as I watched a few developments over the last few days. First, the seemless transition from "ITS UNCONSTITUTIONAL" to "ITS A TAX" when the supreme court sided with Obamacare. It seemed not to matter a wit to the reactionary right that they now needed to abandon the platitudes of the last six months and jump on a new screed. They just mindlessly started parroting this new talking point. Next, I live in Colorado. We are on fire. A combination of very dry winter, beetle killed pines, very hot summer and this state is ablaze. Basically every person who is pitching in to fight the fires and save a few homes are government workers. Police, Forest Service, National Guard, local fire departments, etc, etc. There are no private "fire fighter exchanges", no free market looting protection services popping up, no sign of "the invisible hand" anywhere. When the Republicans mouth their little ditty about "government isn't the answer, government is the problem", well I haven't heard anybody affected by these fires saying all the help they are receiving just needs to be strangled in the bathtub. So again, if these conservative theories work, where is the example.