Monday, September 1, 2008

Tax cuts & other incantations

Political campaigns are like ancient military campaigns. The magic words must be spoken before the battle begins. Once they were words like "Ish-ca-bib-el," but today they are "cut taxes and government waste." No campaign can start without them. Neither the ancient nor the modern incantations have any reference to reality. You do not hear politicians say what specific public services will be cut after cutting taxes This is because you don't hear citizens demanding less highway maintenance, larger class sizes, less medical care for the elderly, and a smaller army. All hail Ish-ca-bib-el" and the Tooth Fairy that brings us good things for free.

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