Chummy In Washington

by Don Boudreaux on October 12, 2008

in Myths and Fallacies, Politics, Reality Is Not Optional

Here’s a letter that I sent a few days ago to the New York Times:

To the Editor:

You’re right that “In seeking to make lobbying an issue, Senator McCain has made one of hypocrisy” (“One Man’s Crony …,” October 9).  But this fact hardly sets Sen. McCain apart.

Among the articles of faith of “progressivism” is the theory which never yields to experience – that you can fill the sea with enormous quantities of fresh red meat and then, Moses-like, successfully command the sharks not to devour it.

As long as Uncle Sam continues to stock the Potomac by ripping from the body politic such enormous quantities of flesh and muscle – now more than three trillion dollars worth annually – sharks and vultures will inevitably swarm throughout Washington in a competitive struggle to gorge themselves on this unfortunate feast.

Donald J. Boudreaux


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