A government that works, some conservatives fear, is dangerous stuff. It gives people ideas…it’s a gateway drug to broader state involvement in the economy and hence a possible doomsday scenario for conservatism itself.

…government fails constantly when conservatives run it because making it work would be, for many of those conservatives, to traduce the very laws of nature.

…This is the perverse incentive that is slowly remaking the GOP into the Snafu Party.

…”You didn’t really think government could work, did you?”
Thomas Frank in the WSJ