Dogs Bark

by Don Boudreaux on May 21, 2007

in Politics

Here’s a letter of mine that appears in today’s edition of USA Today:

USA TODAY reader Otis Howard complains that “senators who got millions of dollars in contributions from the pharmaceutical companies over the years should be ashamed of themselves” (“Drug bill sham,” Letters, Wednesday).

Alas, blaming politicians for taking campaign contributions from parties affected by legislation is akin to blaming polar bears for eating seals. It’s in the nature of both beasts to behave in these ways.

Truly shameful people are those who condone open-ended regulation by government. Officials possessing the power to destroy billions of dollars of wealth with the strokes of their pens will inevitably be feted, seduced, bribed and otherwise lobbied by those whose wealth is at stake. Persons who expect otherwise should be ashamed of themselves.


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