Lord Acton was onto something

by Russ Roberts on December 9, 2008

in Politics

I happened to be in Chicago the day after the election and riding in a taxi, overheard a caller to a talk show talking about how wonderful it would be to have both Congress and the Presidency controlled by the Democrats. The host asked if the caller was uneasy about the lack of competition and the caller said, of course not, look at Illinois! I found it to be a strange bit of empirical evidence–to use a state noted for its corruption and jailed politicians. Now this:

FBI agents this morning arrested Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich (D)
and his chief of staff on conspiracy and bribery charges, including
allegations that the governor was seeking to benefit financially from
his appointment of a successor to the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated
by President-elect Barack Obama.

Competition is healthy for the electorate and other living things.

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