1. Re: NSA revelations, if someone says, I’m okay with it, if it makes me safer. I have nothing to hide, ask them how much money they make. Credit to Bruce Schneier, recent guest on EconTalk for that one.
If you happen to be discussing welfare, try these:
2. If welfare worked, wouldn’t you expect less of it over time, instead of more? Shouldn’t the point be to get people off welfare, not on it?
3. Do you think government workers who are responsible for distributing welfare are more or less careful about distributing it to the truly needy than people who work at or volunteer for charities that do the same?
4. When discussing just about any problem that has been attempted to be solved by government or people think should be solved by government ask, Should we think of government as the problem-solver of last resort or first resort?