Save me from myself

“The proper role of the government is to prevent other people from harming an individual. Government never has any right to interfere with an individual for that individual’s own good. The case for prohibiting drugs is exactly as strong and as weak as the case for prohibiting people from over eating. We all know that over-eating causes more deaths than drugs do.”

Milton Friedman on the Drug War

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Then and Now.

How a little foray into the flesh trade changes your perspective:

This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible. Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there-with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way.

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), speaking out publicly for the first time about appearing on the D.C. Madam’s list versus:

Some current polls may suggest that people are turned off by the whole Clinton mess and don’t care — because the stock market is good, the Clinton spin machine is even better or other reasons. But that doesn’t answer the question of whether President Clinton should be impeached and removed from office because he is morally unfit to govern.

Vitter on Clinton in 1998.

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Russian Nihilism

“We hoped for the best, but it turned out like always”

Viktor Chernomyrdin, Russian Prime Minister in the 1990’s and current Russian Ambassador to the Ukraine

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Lorena Bobbit

In 2000, Vitter was included in a Newhouse News Service story about the strain of congressional careers on families. His wife, Wendy, was asked by the Newhouse reporter: If her husband were as unfaithful as Livingston or former President Bill Clinton, would she be as forgiving as Hillary Rodham Clinton?

“I’m a lot more like Lorena Bobbitt than Hillary,” Wendy Vitter told Newhouse News. “If he does something like that, I’m walking away with one thing, and it’s not alimony, trust me.”

All from a guy who has spent his political career trying to make an amendment that outlaws gay marriage. Classy and tasty. And even tastier and classier:

“Let’s give Vitter credit for having relations with people who aren’t minors and who are of the more respectable gender for such matters” – Dean Barnett on Hugh Hewitt’s blog

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Capitalism Smells Sour

“Laissez-faire was planned; planning was not.”

Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation

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