Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on May 18, 2012

in Other People's Money, Politics, Reality Is Not Optional

… is from page 291 of the 1965 paperback edition of Jim Buchanan’s and Gordon Tullock’s justly celebrated 1962 classic, The Calculus of Consent; it’s especially germane to any discussions that take place today regarding Europe’s and America’s efforts at fundamental fiscal reform (emphasis added):

It seems sheer folly to expect that the interest groups will, unilaterally and independently, exercise sufficient self-restraint, given existing rules.  To expect them to do so amounts to expecting them to act contrary to their raison d’être.

Or, as Milton Friedman said, “cats don’t bark.”

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