Pursuit of Truthiness

my gut tells me I know economics

Dennis Hastert and the Wisdom of James Madison

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If I understand the history correctly, in the late 1990s, the President was impeached for lying about a sexual affair by a House of Representatives led by a man who was also then hiding a sexual affair, who was supposed to be replaced by another Congressman who stepped down when forced to reveal that he too was having a sexual affair, which led to the election of a new Speaker of the House who now has been indicted for lying about payments covering up his sexual contact with a boy.  –Orin Kerr

It turns out that during the late ‘90s both parties were lead by lying philanderers. My first reaction is to mock the idea of “public service”, and say we have seen one more example of how the worst get on top. But upon further consideration, I’d say this is evidence of just how well our political system works- as Madison said, we want a system of government that can deal with the fact that men aren’t angels. The late ‘90s featured leaders very far from angels, yet it is remembered as a golden era for the country- peace, balanced budgets and a booming economy.


Written by James Bailey

May 31, 2015 at 2:57 pm

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  1. It seems to me that, to the extent that one is a believer in empiricism, there is a clear conclusion: one is obligated to vote for the most dishonest, philandering candidate in an election. That is the only way to recreate the political climate of the late ’90s.

    Once this is widely known, the implications for campaigning are interesting. Candidates will begin spending vast sums of money to publicize their extramarital affairs. Cover-ups will cease to be scandals and become boons to those involved. Debates and conventions will become extremely dramatic; since by its nature, a successful lie is unnoticed, candidates will gravitate to revealing their deceptions at these highly-viewed events to receive “credit” from the electorate for their dishonesty.

    Ben Holsapple

    June 1, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    • Ha- I’d like to think that democracy can survive deception but is better off without if. The evidence does seem to point your way though.

      James Bailey

      June 6, 2015 at 4:16 pm

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