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What it represents is a pervasive attitude throughout government, and extending through both political parties, that there are no rights of the people other than those granted by those in political power. Local and state government, with eminent domain and economic incentives, merely represent the farm system that leads to the big-time pork playground.
“Industries that want favors or protection from government…hire the powerful to manipulate the levers of power,” Fund wrote. “Local governments (are) similarly motivated to look for free federal money. Abuse and corruption… inevitably follow.”
The New York Times reported Tuesday that some states are moving faster on lobbying reform than the federal government.
That’s an O.K. start, but the pervasive corruption inspired by political patronage and big government, at all levels, is epidemic. Politicians need an attitude overhaul, not just changes in these figureheads near the top.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?