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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Gagging the Masses

John Stossel has penned a good piece over at regarding the state of campaign "reforms" and their effect on the public voice. Here's a taste:

"Reform" sounds good. McCain-Feingold and a host of state laws would protect us from the evil influence of big money.

But that's nonsense. When our behemoth government has the power to spend more than $2 trillion every year, big money will find a way to try to influence it. It's the little guys, who aren't in office, who are silenced by "reform."

Stossel is right on point. By piling regulation on top of regulation and channelling it all through bloated bureaucracies, the "reformers" ensure that only those who can aford to hire other people to navigate the intricacies of the law will be able to have their voices heard. The whole thing amounts to one big incumbent protection scheme. No wonder you have so much corruption on Capitol Hill. The legislators know that nothing short of a Chandra Levy scandal will remove them from their comfy taxpayer-funded chairs.

It was Jefferson who is believed to have said that a government is best which governs least. Unfortunately, most of those in power seem content to ignore that advice.


Blogger GOPHokie said...

I really like Stossell. He isn't afraid to say something, regardless of who it pisses off.
He is willing to stand up and say what needs to be said.
I admire that.

9:47 AM


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