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Obama21 August 2010

Editor, USA Today

Dear Editor:

Many Americans are confused over President Obama's faith ("Obama invites confusion about his faith," August 20). I, for one, am not at all confused about it– at least not about that species of his faith that affects me and every other American outside of Mr. Obama's immediate family.

While I have no idea what Mr. Obama's theology is (and nor do I care), it's crystal clear that he has a fiery faith in his and his political colleagues' wisdom to legislate and regulate for what that faith assures him is the public good. His blind faith in the necessity and goodness of his own central commands– and his cocksure rejection of ideas that conflict with this faith– reveals not only an antediluvian ignorance of economics, but a magnitude of self-assurance found only in persons whose faith protects them from the uncertainties that arise by confronting facts with reason.

Sincerely, Donald J. Boudreaux

Professor of Economics

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA 22030


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