Here are four ways our elected officials can make the new year a truly happy one:
1. Remember that Santa Claus lives in the North Pole, not Arizona. When elected officials feel the need to give away presents, they either should use their own money (imagine that!), or at least make sure that everyone benefits such as with across-the-board tax cuts rather than subsidies to favored business interests.
2. Politicians who have exercised school choice for their own children ought to be willing to extend school choice to those in less-fortunate circumstances. The three leading Democratic candidates for president: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards, all of whom used their government paychecks to pay private school tuition should set that example. I promise not to tell the National Education Association.
3. Republican elected officials should get back to basics. Remember when Republicans thought that excessive government spending and budget deficits were bad things? The laws of economics haven't changed, but many Republican Party officials sure have.
4. Once upon a time, before elected officials would enact laws, they would ponder whether they possessed the constitutional authority to do so. City Council meetings cant possibly be more boring than they already are, so a good dose of constitutional analysis could actually spice things up and avoid a lot of unconstitutional laws and deprivations of freedom.
I'm not all take and no give. If elected officials do all these things, I promise to holster my legal weapons, move my family to a beach somewhere, and write more novels. Something tells me, though, that come January, well be busier than ever at the Goldwater Institute Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation. Happy holidays!
Clint Bolick is the director of the Goldwater Institute's Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation.
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