Tuesday, June 29, 2004

The Count is Now: 90

Nothing torques me more than being treating as an inferior. So Hillary Clinton, maybe for the second time, adds to the Count with this little bit of wit:

"Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you," Sen. Clinton said. "We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

Of course, we should ensure that the wisest among us are the ones who do go to Washington to see to the common good. The wisest should be those who understand that they aren't wise enough to enforce plans that will serve the common good.

Here's another metaphor for statist vs. dynamic (I love ya, Virginia) thinking. Government spending on programs is like using a sledgehammer, great if you have one problem, like a rock, sitting in one place that you can swing at. Most problems, however, are spread out, they are more like jagged edges and smooth surfaces. Hitting them with a sledgehammer may obliterate the old imperfections quickly, but at the cost of making new imperfections. Let people keep the power of their earned wealth to themselves, applying it in small (compared to the government, even Bill Gates is small) increments. This method is like sandpaper. You can never really see what each grain is doing, but with patience the imperfections are smoothed away without making new problems that are as big or bigger than what came before.

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