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John Scalzi critiques Atlas Shrugged 
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Four posts thataway ^


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JamesGifford wrote:
BillPatterson wrote:
The problem, it seems to me, is that in the current Beltway view, taxes have become completely disconnected from the needs or function of government.

That's half the problem, yes, and it stems from two things.

The first is a country that has grown so large and complex that the tax situations of the past, and of simple yellow-pad doodling comprehensible to the average citizen, are no longer possible. <snip>

For some reason the system would not allow me to select and delete after the "<snip>" this a.m., so I had to delete character by character.

Not disagreeing with any of your observations, but I would point out that there is in fact a simple solution to the problem (for some values of "simple"): forbid legislative deficit spending (except in extraordinary circumstances, clearly defined and with automatic sunset provisions). If legislatures do not have the option to borrow in ordinary circumstances, they will be forced to come up with other solutions, and many of those other solutions will be less disastrous.

I'm always inclined to look askance at analogies, but the analogy of a kid with its first credit card has always seemed to me powerfully explanatory.


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PeterScott wrote:
Four posts thataway ^

Limp attempt at humor. "That was no rant, that was my..."

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