Equal time for Dean

An article in today's NY Times looks at a decision made in part by one of Howard Dean's aides while he serving as governor of Vermont. The decision was the awarding of a contract to an HMO that the aide had previously represented as a lobbyist. None of what I read in the article sounds much different from politics as usual, but I hope the same people critical of Dick Cheney's relationship with Halliburton give equal time to Dean's record with special interests. No politician should be excused for using his office to give out zero-sum favors to his friends.

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" No politician should be

" No politician should be excused for using his office to give out zero-sum favors to his friends."

Is it okay to give them out to his constituents?

I don't really care who he gives them to.

This begs the question of

This begs the question of whether the lack of government enforcement would simply create a vacuum of power that would be filled by another mafia-like institution. We might agree that gov't is bad, but is it any worse than the alternatives?

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