Letter: ‘Limited-government conservative’ is dishonest language

I am a former resident of Hays who taught at Fort Hays State University, and I loved living and teaching in Hays.

It is about time that someone who is “in the know” told you and your readers the truth about a phrase that is very often used by many of today’s conservatives. That phrase is “limited-government conservative.”

To me, those are the three most frightening words in the English language. You might have noticed recently that some conservatives feel very badly because, as they have said, President Trump is not a “limited-government conservative” (as they are). That happens to be true. He isn’t. That phrase is a buzzword that really means the person does not believe the federal government should spend one cent on social programs that are intended to help people.

Their ultimate goal is to one day see all such programs abolished/eliminated – especially Social Security, which they hate the most.

STEWART EPSTEIN, Rochester, NY

 

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