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The Typical Politician Is Loathsome

Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal:


You report that “President Biden endorsed making an exception to filibuster rules to pass legislation codifying Roe v. Wade into law” (“Biden Supports Exception to Filibuster to Codify Roe v. Wade Into Law,” July 1).

Is Mr. Biden so unfathomably clueless about how a rule such as the filibuster works that he really believes that it can be switched off and on at his whim and nevertheless remain a rule? Or does the president here cynically reveal that he has absolutely no respect for the native intelligence of the American people? The correct answer is unclear.

One fact, however, is beyond dispute: Mr. Biden is utterly unprincipled.

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
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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