An Occupation for Cowards

by Don Boudreaux on August 30, 2013

in Other People's Money, Politics

By far, the profession that attracts into its ranks the highest proportion of two-faced shameless unprincipled and cowardly and often buffoonish egomaniacs is politics.  This reality is explained, in part, by the fact that politics – compared to other professions, legal and illegal – disproportionately rewards with success and garish ‘honors’ two-faced shameless unprincipled and cowardly and often buffoonish egomaniacs.  I reflect on politicians in my most recent column in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  Here’s my closing paragraph:

Far from acting heroically by resisting interest groups’ pleas for special privileges – and by being mindful of the welfare of countless people, such as future taxpayers, who aren’t organized into clamorous political lobbies – the typical politician spinelessly promotes his or her own career by picking the pockets of others.

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