… is from pages 85-86 of George Will’s 2019 book, The Conservative Sensibility:
And the more things government touches, the more people will have interests in touching, and wheedling, government. Progressives purport to be scandalized by modern Washington, which is indeed an unlovely maelstrom of interest groups maneuvering to maximize their rent-seeking. This is, however, the Washington that progressives should have known they were making. But they only could have known this if they had a keen Madisonian sense of political sociology. And if progressives had had this, they would have had to reconsider their premises.
DBx: Stealing a dietary term that I first heard from Russ Roberts, those who want big and active government that is apolitical and immune to monetary interests are as realistic as are people who want kosher ham sandwiches.