March 10, 2004

Quote of the Day II: Government "Investment"

I am going to ask America’s wealthiest people – those making over $200,000 a year – to pay the same fair share they paid under Bill Clinton. Back then the rich got richer – but everyone else did too. By rolling back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest among us, we can start to restore fiscal responsibility and invest in education and health care for our people. We also need to shut the loopholes that force American workers to subsidize sending jobs overseas!” John Kerry today, showing his fiscal colors. Politicians love to call spending programs "investment." That makes it sound better. As if you were getting a return on your confiscated money. And just to show you I'm an equal opportunity critic, check out Ed Meese's OpEd piece in today's Wall Street Journal. Say what you want about amending the Constitution. But what are we to think when a so-called conservative like Meese to say "society as a whole" needs to do something about the problem? This is the same kind of thinking that justifies nearly any government intrusion into individual liberty. Meese writes, "In order to guard the states' liberty to determine marriage policy in accord with the principles of federalism, society as a whole must prevent the institution itself from being redefined out of existence or abolished altogether." Be very afraid when someone starts defending action in the name of "society."


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