A Reason to be Suspicious of Government Programs
According to davidgmills, a commenter on Robert Reich's blog entry on the “public option”:
If the existence of a government program is regarded as an automatic reason for more government, then any pro-government argument is likely to produce more government than the merits of the argument itself. In other words, as long as the reasoning of davidgmills is taken seriously, in debates on government programs, we must have a “thumb on the scale” against any government program.
I bet most of these critics had the option of a public education and most of them took it. Chances are, most would not be where they are without having had some public education.
It's all about choice and the option of a government program if you want it. If you don't got private if you qualify and can afford it.
But these critics don't want us to have a public option even though most were the beneficiaries of a public option in education.
Alternatively, we could use his theory as an reason to limit public education.
You might claim that being a graduate of public schools makes me a hypocrite. I have strong opinions on hypocrisy; I'm for it.