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The oil pollution in the Gulf is already hurting residents, workers and business owners and causing heartbreaking damage to marshlands, beaches and the wildlife that inhabits the area’s waters and wetlands. Let us hope the terrible situation will not be politically leveraged into measures that cause even greater damage to the national economy.

Robert Higgs is senior fellow with the Independent Institute and author of “Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government” (Oxford University Press, 1989).