I’m routinely critical of politicians, even the “good” ones that say they want to limit government and promote freedom.
But I think I’ve found a lawmaker who is worthy of strong praise. Unfortunately, he’s not in America.
He is Richard Sulik, the head of the Slovakian parliament and leader of the libertarian-leaning Freedom and Solidarity party.
Along with other members of his party, he is the best hope to block the bailouts that will reward profligacy and dig Europe’s debt hole even deeper.
Here’s some of what the UK-based Telegraph reported about Sulik’s battle for liberty.
European leaders fear that Slovakia’s attempt to block the new bail-out fund is as dangerous as David’s stand against Goliath. But it’s not just the difference in size and power that’s the worry – it’s that Slovakia’s rebel might have “right” on his side. Slovakia’s hero is Richard Sulik, head of the Freedom and Solidarity Party (SaS) the junior partner in a four-party coalition. He has passionately described Slovakia’s 20-year journey from Communism to the European Union – and the deep national pride of meeting the membership requirements against the odds. Mr Sulik has articulated the dismay of many that in Greece, Slovakians are faced with a country that bent the rules, rather than sacrificed, to gain entry – and now are demanding their luxuries are maintained by others. The average Slovak, whose salary is lowest in the euro zone, Sulik claims, would have to work 300 extra hours to cover the increase in the country’s guarantees of the EFSF, which will rise from €4.4bn to €7.7bn under the proposed deal. Mr Sulik has been criticised for being nationalistic, but he’s fast-becoming the voice of the discontented European masses.