Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Congressional Term Limits

George Will is on a role. In what seems to be a trend of late, I whole-heartedly agree with him here. And, at the risk of sounding smug, I have been saying this for a long time:
The way to reduce rent-seeking is to reduce the government's role in the allocation of wealth and opportunity. People serious about reducing the role of money in politics should be serious about reducing the role of politics in distributing money. But those most eager to do the former -- liberals, generally -- are the least eager to do the latter.
Based on the abismal example provided in the last 5 years, I do not think that the Repubs are all that eager to clamp down on their new-found source of power either. Such a shame. Realizing that we will never see a day when members of Congress limit their own ability to spread the wealth among their respective "contributors" and buddies, I believe that the term limits-avenue is our best possible option. Who knows, a Roberts-Alito court may throw Thornton out the window. Give it a go.