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Monday, January 09, 2006

Gov't Growth Sets Stage For Abramoff Abuse

In "Marks For Sharks" by John Fund, this was the best explanation of how lobbying in Congress gets out of hand:

Many Republicans have forgotten that as government grows, its increased power to grant favors or inflict pain attracts more people who would abuse the system. Sen. John McCain once told me that "the best long-term answer to corruption is a smaller government." Indeed, disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff observed a decade ago, "More money available from government is blood in the water for sharks." He proved to be one hungry shark.

While I question McCain's other policy positions, it is such sentiments that brought me over to the Republican wing of government. While the Democrats show no sign of being any different, at least some of them are not shy about admitting so. If the Republicans do not clean up their spending act, I will abstain. Anyone remember how Clinton was first elected?

1 Comments:

At 7:02 AM, Blogger francois said...

I have no issues with McCain except on some individual policy questions. But in general, I think a McCain Presidency would be very pleasing to conservatives. Much more satisfying than the Bush presidency, to be sure.

 

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