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Politics Brings Out the Fools in Nearly All of Us

Posted By Don Boudreaux On August 24, 2008 @ 3:09 pm In Politics,Reality Is Not Optional,Religion | Comments Disabled

Here’s a letter that I sent today to the Washington Post:

George Will is correct: most of Barack Obama’s economic ideas are idiotic (“Little Rhetoric Riding Hood, [1]” August 24).  But, along with many of John McCain’s equally moronic ideas, they sell big-time – which is the very reason these candidates persistently deliver such preposterous lines.

Washington is no less diligent than is Hollywood at satisfying the public’s demand for heroic adventures, epic fantasies, and fairy tales.  Each production stars supercilious superstars portraying characters boasting magical powers and godly goodness.

The only difference between Hollywood and Washington is that, while audiences understand Hollywood’s leading men and women to be acting, this same ability to distinguish fantasy from fact disappears when the executive producer is Uncle Sam.

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux

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