Tuesday, January 10, 2006

One Sentence Everyone Should Remember

George Will can sure right some long, and sometimes mind-numbingly repetitive columns. But today (of course embedded in one of his windbag masterpieces) is one sentence that pretty much sums up what everyone needs to take away from the DeLay-Abramoff Pork-Spending Corruption Axis, and that is this:

People serious about reducing the role of money in politics should be serious about reducing the role of politics in distributing money.

A lot of lefties are relishing the GOP's ethics and corruption problems right now, but the fact is rightly that Republicans, in pursuing their spending binges, patronage, and pork barreling, were only following the examples from the heyday of the Democratic Congresses past. Corruption, and it's more clinical-sounding cousin rent-seeking (the truly more extensive and damaging culprit here), are rooted in government power. Will's sentence captures it all, namely that if the government didn't have the power to be distributing all this money and doing so many interventions, we would be without this problem.

Those who would love to toss the GOP out on their ears need to accept the reality check that for as long as their willing to tolerate, or advocate for, big government power you're going to get corruption, manipulation, and complete unfairness like this. Liberals itching to move the GOP out today will become the same spending maniacs and power-grabbers tomorrow unless they're willing to embrace different philosophies.