Pigs are Pigs

by Don Boudreaux on May 30, 2007

in Politics

Here’s a letter that I sent on Monday¬† to the Washington Post:

Re Congressional Democrats’ penchant for earmarks (Robert Novak, “Murtha’s Friends,” May 28): When pigs second in line at the trough accuse pigs first in line of being shameful gluttons, it is a dimwitted farmer indeed who fantasizes that the squealing accusers will be any less gluttonous when they gain favored access to the slopping pit.

Donald J. Boudreaux

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Billy May 30, 2007 at 8:05 pm

"What is bad under the leadership of one party cannot possibly be good under the leadership of the other." – Barry Goldwater

TGGP May 30, 2007 at 10:45 pm

One of your best quips.

brotio May 31, 2007 at 3:20 am


Oh, and Billy!
Thanks for that great Goldwater quote. It seems today's Republican politicians don't remember who he was.

Jon May 31, 2007 at 9:55 am

Isn't that just like politicians? Bitch when other people come first and then hog all the resources when they get to the front of the line.

No pun intended on the "hog" part…

The Cynical Libertarian May 31, 2007 at 10:58 am

Very good. Sir Winston Churchill once said:

"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."

John May 31, 2007 at 11:59 am

Yes. It's so true, it's boring.

muirgeo May 31, 2007 at 12:38 pm

Not making excuses for Murtha because I think ear marks like this are disgusting and a huge problem. I'll write my democratic congress women to complain.

However it needs to be noted that theduring the current business freindly Bush administration ear mark spending has doubled over what it was previous. This is coincident with this administrations unprecedented growth of the K-street lobby industry. Yep they are business freindly indeed.

Those who keep insisting money is a form of free speech and not out right bribery that underminds both our markets and our government will continue to facilitate the problem.

Michael Giesbrecht May 31, 2007 at 1:25 pm

Muiriqeo: "Yep they are business freindly indeed."

They are friendly with some businesses at the expense of others. I wouldn't call the current administration "business friendly". They're just taking care of their cronies, not businesses in general. What we are experiencing, I believe (though my historical perspective is far from complete), is a high-water mark for crony capitalism or mercantilism.

Jon May 31, 2007 at 2:54 pm

@ Michael:

I'm not so sure this is the peak. British Protectionism under the Empire was pretty rampant.

muirgeo May 31, 2007 at 4:31 pm


Well stated. I meant to say "business freindly". Qoutations implying a tongue-in-cheek admonition.

Objectivist May 31, 2007 at 4:54 pm

If we could prvent the government from making any new laws, and repealing all the laws since the founding of the Republic, then the country would be in great shape.

The Cynical Libertarian May 31, 2007 at 5:52 pm

Objectivist, didn't the Bill of Rights get put into the constitution AFTER the founding of the Republic?

Danton May 31, 2007 at 6:23 pm


[" If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side. "]

{ –Orson Scott Card}

Mark May 31, 2007 at 7:43 pm

Cynical Libertarian,

I think technically the Constitution would also come after the founding of the Republic.

Mesa EconoGuy June 2, 2007 at 1:48 am

Piggies (Harrison)

Have you seen the little piggies
Crawling in the dirt
And for all the little piggies
Life is getting worse
Always having dirt to play around in.

Have you seen the bigger piggies
In their starched white shirts
You will find the bigger piggies
Stirring up the dirt
Always have clean shirts to play around in.

In their styes with all their backing
They don't care what goes on around
In their eyes there's something lacking
What they need's a damn good whacking.

Everywhere there's lots of piggies
Living piggy lives
You can see them out for dinner
With their piggy wives
Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.

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