Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
These famous lines from American poet Robert Frost originally had nothing to do with government spending. Upon reflection, perhaps they gently point a way out of the financial forest in which we now are lost. Senator Tom Coburn has stated that the average age of modern republics is 207 years, and among republics that have failed the shared cause was fiscal irresponsibility. The paradigm case of Weimar Germany should alert us to the consequences of failing to live within our national means. We must, in Coburn’s words, “cheat history” if we are to escape that fate. We must, at the risk of abusing Frost’s words, take the road “less traveled by.” It is a minimalist path, in which government does much less in order for us to do much more—and that would make all the difference.