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Ask yourself, if you were running for office, would you prefer to be the one who has promised to support a measure to get rid of civil asset forfeiture before conviction, or to be the person who, in essence, is arguing, “Oh yeah, I think it is fine for the IRS and other government agencies to grab a person’s bank accounts before he has been convicted (and in many cases even charged) with any wrongdoing”?

Citizens can make government less abusive and less costly by demanding that candidates sign specific pledges (not just general, feel-good statements) for constructive change and then hold them strictly accountable.

Richard W. Rahn is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and chairman of the Institute for Global Economic Growth.