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‘The Honorable’ – My Arse!

Posted By Don Boudreaux On June 10, 2011 @ 12:31 pm In Hubris and humility,Not from the Onion,Other People's Money,Politics | Comments Disabled

Here’s a letter to Politico:

You report that [any-decent-person-in-his-shoes-would-be-disgraced U.S. Rep. Anthony] “Weiner has also complained to friends that he wasn’t sure how he would make a living if he were to leave Congress and its $174,000 annual salary.  ‘He’s worried about money and how to pay his bills,’ said a Democratic insider.  ‘He’s very concerned about that’” (“Weiner shows no signs of quitting [1],” June 9).

Overlook the fact that, by admitting this reason for clinging to political office, any professions that Mr. Weiner has made in the past or will make in the future about his ‘devotion to public service,’ his ‘love of country,’ or his ‘loyalty to the Democratic party’ should be seen as the self-serving lies that they are.

Instead, ask this simple question: why should Americans trust Mr. Weiner with substantial power to decide how to annually spend $3.8 trillion dollars of other people’s money if he, a 46-year-old college graduate who’s earned a six-figure salary for each of at least the past 12 years, has neither saved enough to pay his bills should he be unemployed for a while nor developed any skills that would allow him to earn a decent living in the private sector?

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux

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