Monday, July 23, 2012


As Harold Lasswell famously said,  politics is who gets what, when, and how.

Interest groups mobilize for favors and protection, and are often met by counter groups. Most of the time I'm not especially bothered by this; it's the American way. Remember, the First Amendment allows petitions for "redress of grievances." Some groups are just better at playing the game than others.

So it is with more amusement than anger that I report to you that the farm bill may become the venue for resolving a big fight between egg producers -- or should I say egg gatherers?

What we really need among our legislative and executive leaders are people who can find ways to balance the competing claims on behalf of the broader national interest. Regrettably, that runs counter to our electoral system's incentives.

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