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A Poor Politician

“Un político pobre es un pobre político” is a well-known Mexican aphorism attributed to Carlos Hank González. My translation: a politician who is poor is a poor politician.” Bill and Hillary Clinton certainty took that maxim to heart, as have nearly all other politicians who ever got their filthy mitts into the Treasury and…
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Reconsidering “Must Vote” Arguments

As Americans move closer to November’s elections, the campaigns are gearing up to tell each of us how important it is to vote. One illustration is a recent Michael Barone article titled “A very few votes can make a big, big difference.” Barone makes his point by citing several close elections. Most prominent was…
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Voting against your own interests? Nonesense! (part 3)

So far I’ve provided a few (hopefully persuasive) reasons why accusing someone of “voting against their own interests” is a bogus charge. In a nutshell reason number one is that such an argument is based on a naive belief that if a politician claims to be in favor of X, naturally that means he will […]

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Voting against your own interests? Nonsense! (part 2)

Yesterday I touched on one reason why the accusation of “voting against your own interests” stands on shaky ground. Namely, that just because a politician says “I want to create more X,” doesn’t necessarily mean there will be more X. But what about those times when a bill to create more X actually does create […]

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