Politicians' 'Principles'

by Don Boudreaux on May 15, 2009

in Politics

I wrote the following lines in a private letter to friends back in December when George W. Bush, then still president of the executive branch of the U.S. national government, announced that he was abandoning his free-market principles.  The truth of these lines, however, transcends time and political party.

The man who never cheats on his wife because no other woman will have
him is not particularly principled – but he proudly fancies himself
that way. So the first bimbo he sniffs who'll do him the honor will
prompt him to "abandon his principles" with as much alacrity as a
hungry dog will attack a ham. Such are the principles of our "leaders."

(P.S. One cannot abandon what one never possessed.)


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