McCain says 'it's over' for special i...

McCain says 'it's over' for special interests

There are 3 comments on the North County Times story from Sep 5, 2008, titled McCain says 'it's over' for special interests. In it, North County Times reports that:

CEDARBURG, Wis. - John McCain and Sarah Palin on Friday cast the new Republican presidential ticket as a team of determined reformers eager to challenge Washington's political establishment.

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Glendale, CA

#1 Sep 5, 2008
LOL, it's over for special interest? I'll believe McCain when he fires all 159 lobbyist working in his campaign. He hired more lobbyist than anyone running for POTUS. McCain must think we are just a bunch of stupid idiots who will believe anything he says. He's NO maverick or reformer. He is cut from the same cloth as Bush and his voting record proves it!

Warren, MI

#2 Sep 6, 2008

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Arlington, TX

#3 Oct 7, 2008
It’s ignorant to blame "special interests" for America’s problems.
In a populist democracy such as we have now, every group that participates in the political system is a “special interest”, with the incentive and the possibility of using the political system to extract benefits for its members at the expense of other groups. The welfare and regulatory systems are two common means of coercively redistributing property and conferring monopoly benefits to various groups. Everyone in a democracy is constantly on the defensive against the possibility of organized groups extracting benefits from him, and on the offensive attempting to use the coercive power of the state to extract benefits from others.
The existence of special interests is just a symptom of the disease: the growth of government power to a degree that allows those in power to violate our rights and steal our property for the benefits of their constituents. Populist “maverick” politicians who claim that they will “fight special interests” and “change the culture in Washington” are just attempting to subvert the power of the state to favor their particular constituency. Take away the power of the government, and you will remove both the incentive and the power of the “special interests.”

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