by Don Boudreaux on September 11, 2008

in Politics

Here’s a letter that I sent today to the Wall Street Journal:

David Perel offers good reasons why today "Everything About Politicians Is Fair Game" (September 11, 2008).

Mr. Perel overlooks what is surely the fundamental reason:
tit-for-tat.  Because everything about private citizens has become fair
game for politicians – everything from our retirement planning to what
we ingest and even to the sizes of our toilet tanks – it is not
surprising that citizens eagerly pry into the intimate lives of

Those who raise busy-bodyness into a chief motive-force of public policy can hardly complain when their officious
Frankenstein monster turns on them.

Donald J. Boudreaux


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