Effective, Persuasive Small Government Campaigns and Proposals

Here we list the best-run, hardest hitting, most persuasive campaigns for small government waged in recent U.S. history. If these candidates were elected or if these ballot initiatives passed, they would undeniably and substantially shrink Big Government.

  • Harry Browne for President (2000 and 1996). Harry Browne published two campaign books that detailed his proposals for boldly shrinking the federal government: Why Government Doesn't Work and The Great Libertarian Offer

  • 2002 Massachusetts Ballot Initiative to End the State Income Tax wins 45% of vote

  • Oregon Measure 37 ballot initiative reclaims property rights

  • Carla Howell for Massachusetts Governor 2002

  • Rich Aucoin's bold property tax cut initiative in Waltham, Massachusetts

  • If you discover an effective, persuasive campaign that aims to dramatically shrink Big Government, please let us know!


    Here are some examples of compelling, small government proposals:

    1. Eliminate a tax, for example, the income tax. The proposal must also call for commensureate spending cuts. Without spending cuts, Big Government advocates will claim that the spending must continue. They will claim that "we must seek other sources of revenue to make up the shortfall." This is the exact opposite of our intent. The primary intent must be to reduce the overall level of spending.
    2. Eliminate an entire Big Government program, or series of programs. The proposal must also call for commensureate tax cuts. Without tax cuts, Big Government advocates will quickly find other Big Govenrment uses for that money. They will never give it back to the taxpayer unless we demand it.
    3. Call for full disclosure of how our money is being spent for the purpose of cutting waste, failed programs, and other unjustiable spending. One example is Michael Cloud's Bounty Hunting proposal to Remove Government Waste.