… is from page 241 of David Boaz’s superb 2015 book, The Libertarian Mind :
When you lay out a picnic, you get ants. When you hand out more wealth through government, you get lobbyists. The federal budget is the biggest picnic in history.
“Progressives” who lament the role of money in politics display their poor grasp of reality when they argue, with one breath, that this role can be reduced by preventing citizens from spending money on politicians, and, with the very next breath, argue that politicians should spend ever-more money of, and on, citizens. See here .