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  1. Robert puharic

    Let’s try an experiment

    Deregulate murder of anyone making over $2,000,000 a year

    See how fast elites want big govt.

    Pethokoukis throws the baby out with the bathwater. We NEED proper regulation unless you think the 19th century, with child labor, no worker safety rules and massive water and air pollution was paradise. We need to get the influence of money out of the system. Some aspects of business NEED to be regulated. As Elizabeth Warren pointed out, 10 years after we deregulated the banks we had the deepest recession in 80 years.

    1. Arjun Dubashi

      Pethokoukis never said we don’t need laws.

    2. Michael Caution

      This is the common criticism of those who don’t know their history but for urban legend distortions and revisionist history. Capitalism inherited the ill effects of its predecessor. And the ’08 crisis did not happen under laissez-faire but a govt strong harmed banking system that stacked the deck forcing bank to make certain loans then when it all collapsed the banks got the wrap b/c “we all know” that capitalism is evil and bankers are the archetype capitalist. Well that’s just bunk. To get money out of politics don’t ban money, ban (abolish) the means that incentivize lobbying ie, separate the state from economy. Morally the state has no right to interfere w/ two adults contracting voluntarily.

    3. mesa econoguy

      Dumbass, you’ve actually got some of this right, but from the wrong perspective. I’ll fix it for you:

      Regulate everyone massively, especially everyone making $2,000,000, who can then lobby you and pay to play to get one of your “exemptions” or special treatment. Then you can make out like a bandit, too, while looking like you’re actually regulating something/someone.

      Elites LOVE your failed big government – wouldn’t you if your name was S&P 500 component and participant? You can bend the rules to your advantage, make a killing, and the middle class and little guys be damned.

      Elizabeth Warren is one of the dumbest people on the planet. Not quite in your league table, though Bobby Fubaric.

      1. Freemind

        what about individuals making $1,999,999.99. That extra penny can turn you to the dark side don’t you know

    4. Deregulate murder of anyone making over $2,000,000 a year

      So trading freely, i.e., voluntarily and free from coercion, is the same as murder? Seriously, puBear, get a grip.

      Additionally, you don’t need “big” government to outlaw murder. If you look at the history of the US, you will see an increase in rate of unsolved murder rate as government gets bigger. So your calls for bigger government means more unsolved murders.

  2. Money is not speech and corporations are not people.

    1. Food is not speech. But if you are starved you will no longer speak. Tempting now that I think about it. But while shutting up idiots is a good thing, the end does not justify the means.

    2. mesa econoguy


      Try again.

    3. Money is not speech

      Laws passed to prevent the purchase of mediums or service to express oneself are clear abridgments of free speech.

      corporations are not people

      Can you name a single corporation the exists independently of people? Corporations are collections of people coordinating activities, working towards a common goal. Are you really claiming that when people work together in groups, they lose rights?

  3. Tom Sullivan

    Campaign speech by whatever avenue and method is the right of free people – free speech. It is axiomatic that liberal/progressive/socialists hate free action by their political opponents. They have all the answers to everything, and it’s all working so fabulously well.

  4. BullSnort, old Pethokoukis, as almoset every AEI shill, has supported every Central Bank printing to enable more theft to grow BigGov that he doesn’t support! See: “Small Government Illusions (Pethokoukis Edition)”,

  5. I argue, more from the left, that campaign finance reform would be a waste

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