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Celebrating Control

Here’s a letter to the New York Times:

From the intro to Joe Nocera’s paean to G.M.’s new electric car we learn that “The thrill of driving the Chevrolet Volt comes from being in control of how much gasoline you use” (“Is This Our Future?” June 26).

Mr. Nocera rightly celebrates individual control.  But what about the many thrills that G.M. and its subsidizing-happy cronies in Washington deny to American taxpayers by preventing us from being in control of how much money we spend on G.M. products?  Why is that control and its attendant thrills unworthy of the same celebration?

More generally, why does the prospect of each individual being in greater control of how his or her money is spent elicit so often in your pages, not celebration, but scorn?

Donald J. Boudreaux