I was elected to the Massachusetts state senate as a Republican in 1972—by 9 votes—for the first of the five terms in a 4-1 Democrat district. I formulated Hall’s Laws of Politics: 1. The voters always want less taxes and more spending. 2. Citizens want honest politicians until they want something fixed. 3. Constituency drives out consistency (e.g., liberals defend military spending and conservatives social spending in their own districts). As has been said, the problem with democracy is we get the government we deserve. I will link to this from my Old Jarhead blog.
Robert A. Hall
Author: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
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