Dear President Obama:

Here is a great letter to President Obama from Don Boudreaux:

Neither consistency nor sincerity is what they do.


25 January 2010

Mr. Barack Obama
President, Executive Branch
United States government
Washington, DC

Dear Mr. Obama:

In your weekly radio address on Saturday (Jan. 23) you harshly criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United – a ruling that protects citizens, even when organized as corporations, from government censorship of their political speech.  You worry that this decision will allow “unbridled corporate spending” to influence political outcomes.

Now today, the AP reports that “President Barack Obama on Monday offered help for people struggling to pay bills and care for their families….  Among the initiatives: a doubling of the child care tax credit for families earning under $85,000; a $1.6 billion increase in federal funding for child care programs and a program to cap student loan payments at 10 percent of income above ‘a basic living allowance.’
“Obama is seeking to offer some attractive options to taxpayers, mindful of the painful implications of the loss of a traditionally Democratic Senate seat in Massachusetts to Republican Scott Brown.  White House advisers see Wednesday’s State of the Union speech as a key opportunity for Obama to recalibrate his message and reset his presidency after that stinging setback.”

Interesting.  You think it dangerous for the republic when corporations use “unbridled” spending to try to affect political outcomes, yet you yourself don’t hesitate to use unbridled spending (of other people’s money!) to try to affect political outcomes.

Seems inconsistent to me, Mr. President.  Don’t you agree?

Donald J. Boudreaux
Fairfax, VA 22030


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