‘The Perils of Too Little’

REMINDING VOTERS WHAT GOVERNMENT DOES FOR THEM

Here’s a story you may have missed because it flies in the face of the dreary conventional wisdom: When advocates of public programs take on the right-wing antigovernment crowd directly, the government-haters lose.

This is what happened in two statewide referendums on November 3 that got buried under all of the attention paid to the governors’ races in Virginia and New...

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About the Author

E. J. Dionne Jr. is a syndicated columnist, professor of government at Georgetown University, and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His most recent book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent (Bloomsbury Press).