Friday, January 22, 2010
Fees and Freedom
This may be ending very badly
Here in the cowardly new world, profits are bad. When we had Bush in the Whitehouse everyone was angry at the government. Now that we have Obama in; everyone is mad about profits. Apparently the government is considering a fee, which is a new code word for tax (if you pay money to the government it is a tax) based on public opinion de jour. I heard that since Americans were angry with Banks that there is a movement to tax Banks for paying bonuses. Last month the government was going to limit bonus money for health care executives. Why not tax tire manufacturers? There are more cars than people with health insurance, so the need for tires is pretty universal. Shouldn’t having fresh tires be a right, not a privilege for the few who somehow found the money to buy new tires? The cost of new tires affects the poor disproportionately, so I think the government must step in and make it a fair. When I say fair, I don't mean fair as in equitable, i mean fair as in county fair. Because if the government keeps jumping into the private sector, it will be like a creepy country fair with Carnies running your healthcare, your banks, your communications (phone and internet) and eventually regulating your tire purchases.
Thomas Jefferson said:
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.
He also said:
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government