We’re from the government and we’re here to help you. Trust us.

By David McElroy

There is no, ‘Trust us, changes are coming’ clause in the Constitution. To the contrary, the Bill of Rights itself, and the First Amendment in particular, reflect a degree of skepticism towards governmental self-restraint and self-correction.

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York et al. v. Sebelius, 12 CIV. 2542 (BMC) (Judge Brian Cogan, EDNY) (December 5, 2012) (PDF on scribd)

And along the same line:

Here is a familiar cycle:

Step 1: Congress imposes a tax, often a steep one.

Step 2: Convinced that it is well-suited to pick winners and losers, Congress then allows certain people or firms to get out of some or all of the tax by engaging in certain activity: having a child, taking out a mortgage, caulking windows, buying certain capital equipment, manufacturing things rather than selling valuable services, etc.

Step 3: Firms and individual do what Congress intended and avail themselves of these privileges, lowering their tax bill.

Step 4: Members of Congress pronounce themselves shocked—absolutely shocked—that some firms and individuals unpatriotically pay little or no tax.

A few years ago, the story was General Electric. Now it is Google.

Government-Granted Privilege is not Capitalism

Crony capitalism is not a free market

One of the reasons blue programs jump the shark is that over time more and more special interests lobby politicians to get special features added. The small add-ons and tweaks make programs more expensive and complicated to administer—and much, much harder to reform. This process begins when the laws are written; the lobbyists are there to tuck special little surprises between the pages of the bill. It continues as the regulations necessary to implement the new laws are written; once again, lobbyists are on hand to mold the regs to their liking. And it persists year after year after year, as lobbyists look for ways to amend the existing laws or add new requirements by inserting language into other bills.

Obamacare Jumps the Shark in its Premiere

You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

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