is not particularly principled – but he proudly fancies himself that way.
So the first bimbo he sniffs who’ll do him the honor will prompt him to
"abandon his principles" with as much alacrity as a hungry dog will attack
a ham. Such are the principles of our "leaders."
17 December 2008
Editor, The Washington Examiner
George Bush is the complete politician: he believes all that his in-house
press and party operatives say about him, and he pours whatever meaning is
politically expedient into every word that he uses. This fact is made
clear by his statement that he "abandoned free market principles to save
the free market system" ("Bush: ‘I’ve Abandoned Free Market Principles To
Save The Free Market System’," December 17).
First, one cannot abandon something that one never possessed – and this
President, from his steel tariffs to his prescription-drug program to his
No Child Left Behind foolishness, at no time gave the slightest indication
that he supports free markets as a matter of principle.
Second, principles by their nature are things you stick with during trying
times. Because no case has been established that today’s troubles are
caused by free markets, or that Mr. Bush’s hyperactivity of late will
"save" markets, his "abandonment" of his alleged principles simply
reflects the fact that he never possessed them to begin with.
Donald J. Boudreaux
Chairman, Department of Economics
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030