QOTD: Partisanship Is Politicians vs. Citizens December 18, 2007Posted by federalist in Government.
Gerald Seib writes that the U.S. has two major political parties for “a reason” and that reason is because Americans are split over the role of government. Nonsense. We have two major political parties because the Republicans and Democrats have entrenched themselves through campaign finance laws that favor incumbents, ballot-access laws that put huge hurdles in front of new parties and independents, and pork-barrel politics that allow incumbents to finance goodies for favored interests from the public till. Americans aren’t divided on issues like subsidies for sugar, Bridges to Nowhere, or the rest of the spending that comes from treating taxpayers like an all-you-can-eat pork BBQ restaurant. We just rarely get to vote for anyone willing to cut government down to size.