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Sure, Because Democrats Don’t Hire Cronies

June 15, 2010

Reviewing Jeff Miron’s new book on libertarianism, Ed Glaeser writes:

The increased appeal of libertarianism today reflects a nonpartisan view that the public sector has been deeply problematic under either party…Libertarians tend to think that the Bush years taught that all governments were flawed, not that everything would be better with a new leader who would expand the public sector.

To which Mark Thoma responds:

The lesson of the Bush administration is not that ‘all governments were flawed.’ We learned about an extreme, i.e. how bad things can be when a president sabotages government agencies by appointing cronies — people who provided important political support — to head important agencies rather than qualified, competent administrators.

Ahhh, if only all men were angels….or democrats…Cf Robin Hanson on Delusions, preponderance thereof, section, Foragers.


One Comment
  1. June 23, 2010 6:27 am

    Reading Thoma is really frustrating, but then again reading any committed partisan is frustrating. Obama has filled dozens of positions with nothing but cronies, and used explicitly crony Chicago methods. When will we get rid of this stupid “We need the right people in charge…” bullshit?

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