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InsiderOnline Blog: September 2012

Invitation to Fraud: The Insider, Summer 2012

The new issue is out, and here is the editor’s note (with links to individual articles embedded):

Who Works for Whom?

In March 2010, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi delivered the most notable and quotable line of the past few years. Explaining the rush to pass President Obama’s signature health care bill, she said: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

In addition to raising doubts about Ms. Pelosi’s own grasp of the bill (Couldn’t she just tell us?), the line revealed a backward theory of American democracy. James Madison and company thought they had created a government that worked for “we the people.” The attitude of Ms. Pelosi and company is that the people will be informed in due course what the government has decided.

We are occasionally reminded, however, that even if the people aren’t doing a very good job of being governed, the government can’t just throw them out and choose a different group of people to go be the people. Those occasions are called elections, and they work the other way around.

Unfortunately, as John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky observe in our cover feature, democratic accountability is undermined by an election system that provides plenty of opportunity for voter fraud. In many cities around the country, the number of registered voters exceeds the number of residents over the age of 18. Thirteen percent of the nation’s voter registrations are either inaccurate or invalid, according to the Pew Center on the States. Fixes could be made; the question is whether the politicians want them.

Giving the people information may be a low priority for some in government, but we can at least thank Congress for the Freedom of Information Act, which requires the federal government to disclose many of its records upon request. Lisette Garcia, a senior investigator with Judicial Watch, provides us some tips on the finer points of crafting a Freedom of Information Act request.

In other articles of this issue, we talk with John Goodman about the need for real free markets in health care, Chris Edwards and Tad DeHaven explain how ending corporate welfare will generate more entrepreneurship and innovation, and Jennifer Marshall explains how welfare dependency is on the way back.

Posted on 09/14/12 02:07 PM by Alex Adrianson

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