Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The most destructive politician in America

On June 14th 2004 the National Review ran their cover article:
Meet Eliot Spitzer the most destructive politician in America.
by Ramesh Ponnuru

The entire article can be read here at AEI's Federalism Project.

This, in my mind, is the key passage:
GOVERNMENT BY LAWSUIT

Spitzer argues that his lawsuits and enforcement actions make markets more efficient and fair. He isn't hostile to free markets; he just recognizes that they require strong government. Moreover, he claims that he is making government work better: He takes action only when legislators have failed to. But it is unlikely that establishing cartels or suppressing voluntary transactions really strengthens markets. There is a deeper problem with Spitzer's style of regulation through litigation: When legislators "fail" to regulate guns, they may be choosing inaction over the alternatives. When Spitzer tries to override that decision, he exalts his own policy preferences above democratic procedures.

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