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Monday, March 29, 2004

Jim DeMint for Senate
George Will profiles one candidate for Fritz Hollings' vacant Senate seat. It includes the rather pithy point, "no one washes a rental car." DeMint sounds like a good limited-government advocate.

DeMint's fear, that dependency produces "learned helplessness," echoes Tocqueville's warning about government keeping people "fixed irrevocably in childhood," rendering "the employment of free will less useful and more rare." It is, Tocqueville said, "difficult to conceive how men who have entirely renounced the habit of directing themselves could succeed at choosing well those who will lead them."
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Why has the cost of laser eye surgery fallen 22 percent in four years? For the same reason the cost of cosmetic surgery has been rising more slowly than the inflation rate. These elective procedures are generally paid for by individuals from their own resources.

DeMint is stressing principles that candidate George W. Bush enunciated in 2000, when he contrasted "two visions of government: a government that encourages ownership and opportunity and responsibility or a government that takes your money and makes your choices." DeMint's empowerment agenda includes personal ownership of accounts investing a portion of Social Security taxes and ownership of tax-preferred education savings accounts.

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