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Ed Driscoll

Just How Bad Were The 1970s?

August 26th, 2009 - 9:02 pm

So bad that Teddy Kennedy was one of the bright spots of the federal government:

There is, buried deep within Kennedy’s legislative legacy, a different set of policies worth exhuming and examining, precisely because they were truly a break with the normal way of doing business in Washington. During the 1970s, Kennedy was instrumental in deregulating the interstate trucking industry and airline ticket prices, two innovations that have vastly improved the quality of life in America even as—or more precisely, because—they pushed power out of D.C. and into the pocketbooks of everyday Americans. We are incalculably richer and better off because something like actual prices replaced regulatory fiat in trucking and flying. Because they do not fit the Ted Kennedy narrative preferred by his admirers and detractors alike, these accomplishments rarely get mentioned in stories about the late senator. But they are exactly the sort of legislation that we should be celebrating in his honor, and using as a model in today’s debates about health care, education, and virtually every aspect of government action.

Not to mention putting the kabosh on one surprisingly liberal president’s attempt at socialized medicine.

Meanwhile, Glenn Reynolds quotes from, as he puts it, “Some right-wing loon.”

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