The Struggle to Limit Government in the Modern Era

Capitol Hill Briefing
April 28, 2010
12:00PM to 1:00PM EDT
2226 Rayburn House Office Building
Featuring Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and John Samples, Director, Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute, and author, The Struggle to Limit Government.

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Americans 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.