President Barack Obama tells us that November’s election provides a choice between “Jeffersonian small government” and “Hamiltonian large government.” Perhaps, but more likely the “love of money” now dominating politics will continue to overrule any election results.
This was made clear to me while watching financier Jamie Dimon at a televised congressional hearing that was investigating huge losses at his firm. During Mr. Dimon’s testimony, he conspicuously flashed his gold “presidential cuff links” for all to see — a subtle reminder to legislators of his deep influence and connections. It was telling that many sycophantic representatives groveled before him. Apparently, individuals of his ilk who disparage government can still remain favorites of Congress if they are campaign contributors.
The lesson is clear: Election Day will just be another “Groundhog Day” unless we demand a reasonable measure of virtue in our leaders. We will remain legislatively and economically dominated by these darker angels of our nature.
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