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Paying for Satisfaction

Here’s a letter to the Washington Post:

It’s a shame that your top-headline report today on the continuing stream of lobbyists into the White House is news (“White House visitor logs provide window into lobbying industry,” May 21).  No one should be surprised that, as you report, “The visitor logs for Jan. 17 – one of the most recent days available – show that the lobbying industry Obama has vowed to constrain is a regular presence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.”

Mr. Obama’s pledge to exclude lobbyists from the White House was, from the start, about as believable as a madam’s pledge to exclude men willing to pay for sex from the whore house.

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA  22030