Guest Post: Why Things Never Change

Monday, March 11, 2013
By Paul Martin

by Doug Ross

Many fine writers have observed that there exists a de facto Ruling Class in Washington. >Once men and women get to Congress, no matter how inept, inane, or diabolical they prove to be, the power of incumbency makes dislodging them akin to prying a Reese’s Cup from Michael Moore’s pudgy fingers. Until the Woodrow Wilson era, incumbent reelection rates hovered between 70 and 80 percent. Since then, however, massive wealth redistribution programs at the federal level — the New Deal, the Square Deal, the Fair Deal, Great Society, etc. — began cementing incumbents in place. Constituents dependent upon federal largesse became permanently addicted to these programs and the incumbents who fueled them. This is why nothing ever changes…

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