When a politician means when he says ‘compassion’

A nice quip from Thomas Sowell:

A more positive term that is likely to be heard a lot, during election years especially, is “compassion.” But what does it mean concretely? More often than not, in practice it means a willingness to spend the taxpayers’ money in ways that will increase the spender’s chances of getting reelected.

This is from his ‘political glossary’.

  1. Wanless against means-testing
  2. ‘means tests act like a cancer…within the welfare state’
  3. You can’t believe a word they say
  4. Trust me, I’m a politician (or civil servant)
  5. No politician will tell people the truth. No doctor is allowed to.
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