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InsiderOnline Blog: December 2008

He Who Does Not Obey, Shall Not Eat at the Public Trough

David Boaz observes that the slippery slope from economic planning to political repression appears to be getting a bit more slippery thanks to the idea of attaching conditions to an automaker bailout:

The bill currently bars the car companies from pursuing lawsuits against California and other states trying to implement tougher tailpipe emissions standards. Jonathan Cohn of the New Republic suggests taking that concept further and requiring General Motors to fire a vice chairman who has expressed skepticism about the catastrophic effects of global warming.

This ought to scare any genuine liberal. Congress is going to use our money to censor political dissent? Usually libertarians warn that if you take government money, you’ll eventually find yourself subject to government restrictions on your freedoms. In this case, there’s no phase-in, no “eventually.” Congress wants to tell private companies, private individuals, that once they take government money, they will shut up and toe the government’s line.

If economics isn’t a good enough reason to oppose this bailout, preserving independent thought ought to be.

Posted on 12/11/08 03:10 PM by Alex Adrianson

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