To Be Governed...


"To be governed is to be watched, inspected, directed, indoctrinated, numbered, estimated, regulated, commanded, controlled, law-driven, preached at, spied upon, censored, checked, valued, enrolled, by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so."

—Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

"To Be Governed" is a series of news clippings highlighting the excesses of government. The feature is included in each issue of Cato's bimonthly publication Cato Policy Report.


(Last Updated: July 14, 2006)

Wishful headlines

O'Malley Has Plans to Lower Medicine Costs

--Washington Post, July 12, 2006


The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will hold a reception next week to honor a select group of lawmakers "for their hard work, service, time and the sacrifices made in upholding the office with which they were entrusted."

One of the people slated to receive such accolades is former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.).

The disgraced ex-legislator, of course, can't make the July 19 event or any other social gathering in the near future because he's serving a prison term of eight-plus years for a bribery scandal you may have heard about....

Another honoree is former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas)....

The co-hosts of the event will include members of leadership, including House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

--The Hill, July 13, 2006

Expert alert

Experts say the modern American diet is killing us.

--Diane Rehm, WAMU-FM, July 14, 2006