The Politics of Plunder: Misgovernment in Washington (Google eBook)

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Transaction Publishers, Jan 1, 1990 - Political Science - 507 pages
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This slashing critique charges that the federal government and interest groups have badly mismanaged the political process for private ends. Transcending conventional ideologies, Bandow sees the root of the problem as our failure to honor the Founding Fathers' intention to establish a limited government with severely circumscribed powers in all areas. People abuse power; it is human nature. Only limited state authority will keep the political process from disintegrating into petty fighting among factions, each competing for its own limited self-interest. The demise of the original restraints has created an overgrown federal government that is ever more wasteful, inefficient, and unjust.

Doug Bandow spares no sacred cows. He considers state interference in the free market responsible for an ethic of legalized theft, which allows interest groups to use the state to enrich themselves through subsidies, competitive restrictions, and other protectionist measures. He sees a judiciary that has aided the other branches of government in manipulating human conduct and restricting personal freedom for both liberal and conservative reasons. And in foreign policy he sees the development of an interventionist consensus, whereby Washington attempts to remake foreign nations in its image through military intervention and foreign aid, with disastrous results.

"The Politics of Plunder "is written by an insider who combines theoretical and analytical skill with practical political experience. Bandow served in the most conservative administration of recent years yet freely criticizes the nostrums of the Right. He is an evangelical Christian yet dislikes the tactics of the Religious Right. His unique background--campaign worker, lawyer, presidential aide, magazine editor, policy analyst, and journalist--enables him to go far beyond the usual Washington commentary. Bandow's objective is to develop a new political perspective that transcends both conservative and liberal boundaries and emphasizes individual liberty, skepticism of state power, and tolerance of others. Those interested in the world of ideas will find this an accessible, practical guide to libertarian thought. Those interested in the world of public policy will find here a detailed discussion of scores of recent controversies.

  

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Contents

Do Values Matter?
3
The Next Hungarian Revolution
5
Remembering the Holocaust
6
Who Should Teach Values?
8
Government by What Values?
11
What Happened to the Concept of Theft?
13
Games Politicians Play
15
Exploiting National Resources
17
Kill the Textile Bill
249
No Protection for Semiconductors
250
Casein for America
252
Is Dukakis Really as Dumb as He Sounds?
254
Market Manipulation
257
Curbing Raiders is Bad for Business
259
The LBO Bugaboo
261
Decriminalize Insider Trading
263

Government as God
18
A Little Tolerance Please
20
Just Another Sorry Attempt to Legislate Personal Views
22
Does Freedom Matter?
25
Uncle Sam as National Nanny
27
A Fear of Ideas
29
Economic Liberty and Democracy
30
The Real Story of Thanksgiving
32
Liberation Theologys False Prophets
34
God and Mammon
36
The Political Game
41
Sin City
43
Hysteria Over PACmania
45
Power Can Be Fun
48
Do Elections Matter?
57
In Praise of the Nonvoter
59
The Unnecessary Debates
61
The Turkey Ballot
62
Interest Group Heaven
65
Taking Evangelicals for a Ride in the Stars
67
Subverting Democracy
69
Celebrating Government
70
This Energy Lobby Cant Stop Crying Wolf
72
Robbing BanksLegally
75
The Foreign Aid Network
77
The Politics of Drought
79
Businessmen as BornAgain Budget Cutters
81
Businessmen against Free Enterprise
83
The Way Washington WorksBut Shouldnt
85
The Firing of Il Gucci
86
A Corporate Lobby Pulls Its Punches
88
One for All and All for One
93
Repudiating the Reagan Revolution
95
The Reagan Counterrevolution
97
Your Congress at Work
104
The Spending Problem in Profile
107
Senator Establishment
110
Populism as Opportunism
112
Senator Byrds Pork Barrel Bid
113
Al Gores Dairy Sellout
115
ONeills Destructive Legacy
117
The Federal Behemoth
123
Deficits Forever
125
We Need an Economic Bill of Rights
133
Mandate a Balanced Budget
135
Budgetary Chaos in Congress
137
A Simple Solution to the Debt
139
Balancing the Budget
141
Spending Cuts Liberals Could Love
143
Endless Subsidies
145
Merchant Armada Sinks Oceans of Money
147
Another Handout for Big Business
150
Close Down the EDA
152
The SBASlash Business Assistance
154
The Sack of Washington
156
The NASA White Elephant
158
Mass Transit Robbery
160
Subsidizing the Growth of Government
162
Farming for Dollars
165
A Sweet Deal Gone Sour
174
The Sunflower Crisis
176
Uncle Sams Legalized Larceny
178
Subsidizing Rural America
180
Why 2 Billion Oranges Will Rot in the Fields
183
Selling Off the State
187
Parochialism Reigns
189
SellAmtrak
190
Postal Service Doesnt Deserve Monopoly
192
Taxing Problems
195
Repeal the Withholding Tax
197
TruthinTaxing
198
The Regulatory Monster
201
The Terrible Ten
204
Three Cheers for Airline Deregulation
212
Inefficient at Best
213
A Kinder Gentler CAFE Standard
215
Bankings Regulatory Crisis
217
Abolish the Federal Censorship Commission
219
Drop the Cable Monopoly
221
The Energy Uncrisis
225
Doomed Again
227
Deregulate Natural Gas
229
Lets Lease the Oceans
231
Congresss Nuclear Agenda
232
Cleaning Up America
235
Toxic Solutions to Toxic Problems
237
Preserving Americas Wilderness
239
Sacred Cows Home on the Range
241
Free Trade is Fair Trade
243
Free the Japanese Autos
245
Drop the Steel Quotas
247
Judging America
265
The Judicial Imperative
267
Bork and Original Intent
274
Judicial Imperialism
276
Reaping the Judicial Whirlwind
278
End Life Tenure for Judges
280
The Lawyers Game
283
The Nine Lives of the LSC
285
A Legal Monopoly?
287
The Helping Hand of Uncle Sam
293
Jobless by Decree
295
Preserving the Freedom to Work at Home
297
Its Time to Repeal DavisBacon
299
Putting People Out of Work
300
Congresss JobKilling Attack on Business
302
Paying for the Eternal Free Lunch
304
ChildCare Politics
306
Whose Health?
309
The Duty to Dieand Pay
311
Dismantle the Doctors Monopoly
313
Education for Sale
315
Making Students Pay Their Fair Share
317
Homes for America
321
Challenging Rent Control
330
Sell Off Uncle Sams Public Housing
332
The Consumer Protection Racket
335
Help Consumers Dont Need
337
Legalize Saccharin
339
Dont Ban Cigarette Ads
341
AntiSocial Security
345
The False Promise of Head Start
351
Hands Across Americaor in Americas Pockets?
353
A Time to Give
355
Civil Rights for Whom?
357
Racial Quotas for Congress?
359
Reconsidering Runyon
360
The Fraudulent Civil Rights Act of 1987
362
This Ruling Threatens the Rights of Women
364
Comparable Worth is Worthless
365
DoubleEdged Rights
367
Social Potpourri
369
When to Resist?
371
Fighting the Porn Wars
373
Crime
375
Is Death the Answer?
378
The Enduring Liberal Panacea
380
Refocus the Drug War
382
An Honorable CO in the War on Drugs
383
Buying Culture
385
Moral Rights for Whom?
387
Sports Play in Fields of Government
389
The Global Playground
393
The Bipartisan Charade
395
When to Intervene?
399
The Legacy of Vietnam
401
Fewer Guns for Fewer Commitments
403
Get the Superpowers Out of Europe
405
Cut Koreas Umbilical Cord
413
Reagans Senseless Persian Gulf War
414
Break Relations with South Africa
416
Leaving the Third World Alone
419
Learning the Limits of Intervention
421
Good Riddance to Mozambiques Machel
423
Preparing for a New Jungle War?
425
Good People Bad Cause
426
The Terrorist Temptation
429
Bombs Away
433
Ban Nuclear Tests
435
A Cold Draft
437
America Has No Need for a New Draft
440
Its Time to Drop Draft Registration
443
War in Color
447
Disunited Nations
451
The Dangerous Side of the UN
453
America Turns Away the World of Refugees
455
How Many Embassies Do We Need?
458
Foreign Aid or Hindrance?
461
Foreign Aid Prescriptions
463
The Marshall Plan Myth
469
The Foreign Aid Panacea
471
Starving the Third World
473
Mengistus Policies Responsible for Famine
475
Aid Money That Just Buys Guns
477
U S Aid is a Costly Disaster
481
Subsidizing our Adversaries
485
No More Aid for Mobuto
487
Robbery at the International Development Banks
489
Reagans IDA Boondoggle
492
Bankings International Black Hole
494
Index
497
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