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Remind Me Why These Officials Bear the Title "Hon."

On Monday I sent this letter to the Washington Post:

You document that
all of the leading Democratic presidential candidates are leveling
charges against NAFTA that are ridiculous in the extreme ("Trade
," December 3).  You also rightly accuse these candidates of
pandering to acute economic ignorance.

Given these would-be
national "leaders’" displays of what is either profligate lying or
gross stupidity, remind me why you trust them to take greater control
over health-care provision in America.  Or, more generally, why you
typically argue that such elected officials can be relied upon to
promote the greater good.

Donald J. Boudreaux