… is from page 123 of Thomas Sowell’s splendid 1981 volume, Markets and Minorities :
When the government chooses between policy A and policy B, it is making a choice in which the personal interests of the decision-maker are involved. Rewards for both elected and appointed officials – whether in money or in kind – come from increasing the demand for their services. If policy A will achieve a certain result largely through the individual efforts of the citizens themselves, and policy B requires the presence, activity, and visibility of politicians, clearly it is to the politicians’ advantage to advocate policy B.
DBx: So true. But I wonder if we can find a current real-world example of the manifestation of this political bias. I wonder where we might look for such a thing….
Anyone have any ideas?