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Here’s a letter to The Hill:

You report on “Congress reeling from sexual harassment deluge [2]” (Dec. 9).  Of course, all decent people are grateful whenever those who shove themselves unwanted, to satisfy their own lusts, into other people’s personal spaces are exposed and punished for their offensive intrusions.

But let’s be clear: politicians at all levels typically shove themselves unwanted, to satisfy their own lusts, into other people’s personal spaces.  With trade barriers politicians harass – to satisfy their lust for reelection – innocent people who wish to import sugar, clothing, tires, and many other goods.  With civil asset forfeiture they harass – to satisfy their lust for power – innocent people who use cash and recreational drugs.  With occupational-licensing restrictions they harass – to satisfy their lust for the support of their cronies – willing buyers and willing sellers who seek only to peacefully do business with each other.  And with taxes they harass – to satisfy their lust for lucre – those who create wealth.

That these professional harassers harass others also in more carnal ways should surprise no one.

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
and
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA  22030

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