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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

 
Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Many Americans will remember the "Lion of the Senate" the way a mauled gazelle remembers a real-life lion. Politically, he will always be known first for supporting the vast array of entitlement programs that are bankrupting us.

One has to look hard to find major issues on which Kennedy was on the correct side. He did vote for the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Reason's Nick Gillespie points out something a bit more recent:

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.

Condolences to his family.

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