Sunday, November 06, 2005

Bummer

From National Review Online on the failure of the Online Freedom of Speech Act last week:

But the reform lobbyists got a pass from most media. Their ruminations were swallowed whole by the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Roll Call. They sowed confusion, and reaped a bounty. So it will be no surprise when, the next time Congress considers a reform measure, they do the same thing. Boldly. . . .

Among the pundits who might respond there seems to be a fog of ennui on campaign-finance questions. It never fails to astound me how the same individuals who can master church-state law, Medicare, foreign affairs, and the death tax — sometimes in the same conversation — complain that campaign-finance issues are obscure, difficult, and . . . boring. Campaign-finance laws shape campaigns, and campaigns shape elections and our government. Government, perhaps unfortunately, shapes everything else. It makes a difference. We shouldn’t cede an important area of policy to those committed to greater restrictions and regulation. Especially where, as here, they can’t be trusted to make a straight argument.

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