Frank Rizzo famously said, "A liberal is a conservative who hasn't been mugged yet."

Well, the thought occurred to me, as I watched Gov. Chris Christie and other conservative governors deal with the effects of Hurricane Irene, that a small-government conservative is just a big-government liberal who hasn't needed federal help in an emergency yet.

I guess all those tax dollars, that big evil federal government and even some good-old deficit spending are good for something, huh?