Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Lobbying

I agree with the gist of Walter Williams' latest article, that the real problem with respect to lobbying is that government has the (unconstitutional) power to grant favors and interfere in the economy, which forces businesses and others to seek favors from Congress. Getting the government out of the economy is the only real way to solve the problem. From Williams' piece:
You ask what can be done? Campaign finance and lobby reform will only change the method of influence-peddling. If Congress did only what's specifically enumerated in our Constitution, influence-peddling would be a non-issue simply because the Constitution contains no authority for Congress to grant favors and special privileges.

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