Quote of the Day: primaries edition

Posted by: Phineas on February 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

While writing about Rick Santorum’s and Mitt Romney’s struggles, Hot Air’s Tina Korbe quoted Milton Friedman saying something that encapsulates how I feel about this election:

I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or, if they try, they will shortly be out of office.

The candidates we’re left with are far from perfect by most any measure one chooses. Hence, as Friedman points out, we need to make it “politically profitable” for the winner to pursue the policies we want.

And that means “Operation Counterweight.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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2 Responses to “Quote of the Day: primaries edition”


  1. Sefton says:

    But are counterweights enough these days?
    Obama already owns the MSM and, as polls have repeatedly shown, somewhere between 46 and 48% of the consistent sheep of his fold.
    If he’s re-elected, he’ll be in a lame duck term. If his disrespect for Congress was noted before in circumvention, wait till he seriously doesn’t give a damn about them at all. His use of executive priviledge will be off the charts; inasmuch that he won’t care if it flys or not, as long as he gets the social unrest and chaos he’s looking for to tear this republic apart. It’s what Marxists do.

  2. Kate says:

    Scary thought Sefton…look at the streets of Greece the “birthplace of democracy”. What would be in store here in the USA?