The Struggle to Limit Government in the Modern Era
Purchase bookAmericans are once again alarmed by the growth of federal spending, taxing, and regulation. In 1980, they elected Ronald Reagan to bring government growth under control. His administration succeeded in cutting back federal programs — for a few years. At the end of his presidency, however, many of the programs Reagan set out to eliminate had grown.
John Samples's new book The Struggle to Limit Government looks at the fitful effort to control government from Reagan to the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress and through the administration of George W. Bush. Samples seeks to understand the politics of failure and success in that time and what those lessons might mean for the future as the Tea Party movement revives new hope among conservatives.
Please join Samples and Rep. James Sensenbrenner for a candid and insightful discussion of the enduring struggle to hold government within its proper sphere.