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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Friday, December 09, 2005

RE: Distrust of politicians grows, poll says

Good. Maybe this realization will prompt Americans to think clearly about the self-serving types we've become so adept at electing.

If we could find a way to teach voters that politicians who seek to grow the size of the government and make it more intrusive will also be the ones who succumb to corruption, I think the situation would improve. The problem is not with an inherently bad system or with inherently bad people. The problem is with those who seek to turn government into a parent. Just eliminating all forms of redistributionism alone would remove half or more of the flow of cash into and out of the government and, therefore, the temptations and opportunities for corruption.


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