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Topic: Just When You Thought It Could Not Get Worse
Posted by Everyman - 11:30:53 EST

Enlightened or otherwise.

Here's what the Right fails time and again to understand. Ramirez, too.

Enlightened self-interest is only in the eye of the one whose immediate, personal interest is involved and on the line.

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For most of us, the answer seems simple.

But for a politician, the calculus is very different.

The man who drives the truck is a possible voter, and he can be persuaded to vote in such a way that he improves his chances, as he sees it, of keeping his job on the public payroll. Same for relief from student debt (coming; you'll see), or mortgage loans (ditto).

You see a real, live voter in the other possible investment, the one based on investment principles?

Bingo!

Neither does the politician.

Vote buying, then?

Willing buyer, willing seller.

What part of that's not to understand?

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