I think that I am just going to post this line from Kevin Drum largely without comment:
In particular—and please excuse the wild guess here—I imagine that most people who have a serious jones for cutting federal spending are really only interested in cutting spending on poor people. Cutting other services just isn't what they signed up for. It's the Obamaphones and the food stamps that are wasteful, not the Yellowstone snowplows and small town air traffic controllers.
One of the things I tell folks in the climate debate -- don't try to learn about the other side of the argument from yours by listening to your own folks' characterization of it, go actually listen to the other side. This is what comes of trying to understand people only by listening to their intellectual enemies. It is also why I read a lot of blogs (like Drum's) with which I disagree.
Has Drum seriously not ever heard the concentrated benefits, dispersed cost argument?