Freeman

IN BRIEF

Obama Showering Ohio With Attention and Money

SEPTEMBER 26, 2012

β€œThe president has eaten Cincinnati chili, led the cheers for Ohio State basketball and planted himself in the back yard of a Columbus family to highlight, next to their tomato garden, what his policies did for them. His trips, along with repeated outings by Biden (18 visits) and other Cabinet members, often have come with good news about funding and other government largess.” (Washington Post)

Judging by another story on the homepage, the line between vote-buying and vote-buying is whether tax dollars make an outright purchase.

FEE Timely Classic

β€œThe Political Economy of the New Deal” by Andrew P. Morriss

 

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