Ross Gittins is one of my favourite economics writers. He really has some interesting things to say.
By coincidence, the other day, while pondering the Tea Party movement, I was thinking of the famous John F Kennedy line "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country".
Then Ross Gittins wrote the oped Politics of self-interest feeds the inner beast. Ross quotes from President Kennedy when discussing politicians exploiting cost of living issues. I think the article is well worth a read.