Most elected officials in America today, who have budget authority, are big government politicians.

This is especially true of politicians at the state and federal level. Hats off to the (rare) locally-elected officials who would even consider taking the Small Government Pledge℠.

Politicians are “big government” if they vote for a budget that is as big or bigger than the previous budget. Or if they vote to expand government authority, taxes, spending, or debt. Or to maintain government at today’s high levels.

An official who takes a stand that existing government budgets are way too big and must always be reduced is a true, small government patriot who puts his political ambitions aside and votes in the best interests of the people.

Many politicians, especially Republicans, talk a good game. They call themselves “libertarian.” They talk about eliminating government waste and “bringing spending under control.” Then they vote “yes” for bigger budgets. Or they vote “yes” to fund an unnecessary foreign entanglement. Or they vote “yes” to expand government powers.

Commonly, some who are reputed to be “fiscally conservative” vote “no” on a lot of issues, then vote “yes” to a bigger budget – and wipe out every good deed they ever did.

Or they’re passionate about their one government program, their one exception that they work to get enacted. Small government plus one exception equals big government.

A true, small government politician votes small government. Every issue. Every time. No exceptions. No excuses.