A Letter to a Political Candidate | National Review

A Letter to a Political Candidate | National Review

When you get unwanted junk political emails, what do you do? I just delete them.

I am delighted that in this instance, Don Boudreaux (professor of economics at GMU) not only took the time to read such an email but spent considerable time in writing a reply.

Here’s a particularly sharp paragraph:

As a politician, in contrast, you work dishonestly and are at high risk of becoming corrupted. If you gain political office you’ll spend, not your own money, but that of other people. And the programs on which you’ll spend these sums will mostly be ones to which Americans are compelled to submit. There is, with almost all government programs, nothing akin to a real market test. In politics the only ‘test’ is superficial popularity – your looks, your glibness, your ability to appear to be expressing substantive thoughts while in fact saying nothing substantive at all – combined with your ability and willingness to serve powerful interest groups. Under such circumstances you cannot long remain a decent human being.

Read the whole thing.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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