Thursday, January 2, 2014

Resolving to continue disparaging politicians

Here's a selection of a post by Don Boudreaux written in response to a commenter at his blog Cafe Hayek.  The commenter suggested that this year, Boudreaux resolve to reaffirm faith in politicians and the political process.  Boudreaux's response is, of course, perfect:
First, I can’t renew a faith and confidence that I never possessed.  Second, resolving to have faith and confidence in the goodwill and abilities of politicians, especially today when they legislate largely without Constitutional restraints, makes no more sense to me than resolving to have faith and confidence that there really is a Santa Claus.  Imagining such an alternate reality can be fun, but it’s a pastime for children, not for adults.
I love that last line...believing that politicians actually have the public's interest at heart requires the child's ability to shut out reality and engage in wishful fantasy play.