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Quotation of the day on refusing to pander to rent-seekers and power-mongers….. – Publications – AEI

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AEI Quotation of the day on refusing to pander to rent-seekers and power-mongers….. … (slightly revised) is from Don Boudreaux on the Cafe Hayek blog (“Sad that Sacred Principles are Treated with Scorn“) responding to Henry Olsen’s op-ed in today’s Washington Post (“Justin Amash is a man without a party. That’s because no party can win with his ideas.“): Both major U.S. political parties embrace the philosophy that the state should be constrained by little more than the need to assemble majoritarian coalitions, however fleeting, in its efforts to bestow privileges on favored groups at the expense of demonized ones. Today’s Republicans and Democrats differ from each other only in their identification of which groups to favor and which to demonize. Neither of these parties acts in accordance

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Quotation of the day on refusing to pander to rent-seekers and power-mongers…..

… (slightly revised) is from Don Boudreaux on the Cafe Hayek blog (“Sad that Sacred Principles are Treated with Scorn“) responding to Henry Olsen’s op-ed in today’s Washington Post (“Justin Amash is a man without a party. That’s because no party can win with his ideas.“):

Both major U.S. political parties embrace the philosophy that the state should be constrained by little more than the need to assemble majoritarian coalitions, however fleeting, in its efforts to bestow privileges on favored groups at the expense of demonized ones. Today’s Republicans and Democrats differ from each other only in their identification of which groups to favor and which to demonize.

Neither of these parties acts in accordance with the natural-rights, pro-freedom principles enunciated in the Declaration of Independence or governs in ways that are consistent with the text of the Constitution. In stark contrast, Rep. Justin Amash is one of the few modern elected officials in Washington who takes seriously his oath to uphold the Constitution – a document that he rightly understands in light of the principles embodied in the Declaration.

How sad that Mr. Olsen, treating as sacrosanct the public’s gluttonous demands for unconstitutionally created government privileges, flings contempt at Rep. Amash for adhering to the creed that gave birth to America by refusing to pander to rent-seekers and power-mongers.

Quotation of the day on refusing to pander to rent-seekers and power-mongers…..
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Mark J. Perry is concurrently a scholar at AEI and a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus. He is best known as the creator and editor of the popular economics blog Carpe Diem. At AEI, Perry writes about economic and financial issues for American.com and the AEIdeas blog.

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