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No Shame

Here’s a letter to the New York Post:

You report that “Rep. Charlie Rangel says he has no regrets about helping steer taxpayer money to a financially troubled nonprofit – and, indeed, resents The Post even asking questions about it” (“Rangel wrongs again?” August 10).

Had Mr. Rangel given this financially troubled nonprofit his own money, his resentment of a newspaper asking questions about it would be completely justified.  But the fact that Mr. Rangel resents being asked what he managed to do with taxpayers‘ money is evidence that he makes no distinction between what belongs to him and what belongs to others.  He seems sincerely to believe that exercising his power to grab and spend other people’s money somehow makes other people’s money his own.  That’s the attitude of a thief.

Donald J. Boudreaux


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