Polticians See Only Little Puffs of Smoke

by Don Boudreaux on May 30, 2007

in Politics

Here’s my latest column in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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Russ Nelson May 30, 2007 at 9:38 am

'policy bombs'. I love the image.

Novus May 30, 2007 at 9:57 am

Interestingly, the article appears to describe my grandfathers (one of the names is even half-right). Wilf (sometimes Bill) flew Wellingtons and had such a high old time that he didn't quit until he was 41 (born in '03). Harry was with the Royal Engineers in Africa and Europe, building bridges and losing half his right leg. I have video footage of them from the Eighties at various family functions. The war was all they really had in common (apart from disapproval of my father) and so they would talk about it for hours. What's intriguing about it is that they're always talking about Wilf's experiences, or the war in general: never Harry's.

Jon May 30, 2007 at 11:42 am

One way to solve a huge part of the lobbbyist problem is to GET THE POLITICIANS OUT OF WASHINGTON! With all of the teleconferancing and internet conferencing, this shouldn't be hard. Get the politicians back to their districts, this would make lobying much much more high cost to engage in.

Al Abbott May 30, 2007 at 3:51 pm

"Policy bombs." Wonderful!
So maybe this is an argument in favor of term limits and a push for citizen legislators? Although I wonder about congressional staffs as well.

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