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October 17, 2002

Derbyshire on taxes

Friedrich --

Most of the arguments I've seen in favor of smaller government have been based on such notions as justice, fairness, and practicality. John Derbyshire at National Review Online, here, adds an appealing new one to that list -- a decent sense of courtesy.

Sample passage:

There is no such thing as "government money." There is only money seized from citizens and corporations by force of law, to be used with care, wisely, for common purposes agreed by practically all citizens to be essential. These funds are a sacred trust, earned by our people from the sweat of their brows, and handed over to their elected representatives reluctantly, but in the citizenly belief that they will contribute to the good of the nation. [But in 2002,]public finance is a huge suck-and-blow machine, vacuuming up money out of your pocket and mine, and spraying it out at the other end on powerful interest groups unions, trial lawyers, well-connected corporations, foreigners who hate us. Public money a sacred trust? Ha ha ha ha ha!



posted by Michael at October 17, 2002


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