Thursday, October 18, 2007

Drew Carey Shows His Libertarian Colors

Comedian Drew Carey, who debuted Monday as the host of "The Price Is Right," is showing his libertarian colors by participating in a series of videos for the Reason Foundation's new Web site The short videos will focus on the libertarian think tank's belief in what it calls "free minds and free markets." Carey said in a statement issued by Reason: "We need Reason to help fight the stupid drug laws, the stupid immigration laws, and stupid big government in general." In his first video, Carey examines traffic congestion in Los Angeles and the ways the private sector rather than taxpayers can solve the problem.Ten years ago, according to, Carey told Reason magazine about government: "The less the better. As far as your personal goals are and what you actually want to do with your life, it should never have to do with the government. You should never depend on the government for your retirement, your financial security, for anything. If you do, you're screwed." Carey has been politically active over the years. He performed at the White House Correspondents Association dinner in 2002, and the ex-Marine entertained troops in Iraq in 2003. He's been a financial backer of Republican Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio, Reuters reported, and in 1998 led a "smoke-in" in defiance of a no-smoking ordinance. More recently, he has expressed his distaste for the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war.