Whenever government wants to raise taxes, it immediately threatens to cut the most popular government programs first, if it doesn't get its way. Thus, the governor of Louisiana says he'll cut LSU's football program.
Opponents of austerity have come out to denounce the idea that it’s bad for governments to borrow. They note that there are benefits to borrowing. The distinction they fail to make is that there’s a big difference between private borrowing and government borrowing.
Statistically, alcohol abuse causes far more death, violence, injury, and disease than guns do. And yet, further limiting access to alcohol is off the table while gun restrictions are fair game. In the gun debate, the double standards are plentiful.