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Nature of the Politician

Here’s a letter that I sent this morning to the New York Times:

To the Editor:

The headline you give to today’s eight letters discussing this year’s presidential campaign is “The Tug of War for America’s Heart” (Letters, January 29).

Behind all the soaring (if vacuous) rhetoric, all the shamelessly Janus-faced pandering, and all the sleazy campaign tactics lies one motive: each candidate’s lust for power, fame, and the tawdry glory that comes with high political office.  Make no mistake: while pretending to tug for my heart, these candidates really are tugging for my freedoms and my wallet.

Donald J. Boudreaux


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