[FoRK] A plea for the death tax
geege4 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 24 07:17:10 PST 2009
On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 7:05 PM, J. Andrew Rogers <
andrew at ceruleansystems.com> wrote:
> On Feb 23, 2009, at 3:17 PM, geege schuman wrote:
>> On Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 10:28 PM, J. Andrew Rogers <
>> andrew at ceruleansystems.com> wrote:
>>> There is a lot of precedent for suggesting that one will almost certainly
>>> see systemic behavior by the government to maximize revenue even to the
>>> detriment of the population, a straightforward evolutionary dynamic.
>>> Like criminalizing marijuana use? Or the so-called War on Drugs? Or the
>> so-called War on Terror?
> It is not obvious to me that the War on Terror increase government
> revenue,just spending. Give them time.
> Remember when traffic laws were nominally about safety and not revenue?
> How many cases of unsafe (and a-legal) tweaking of the traffic systems have
> their been in order to maximize traffic revenue?
> Or how about the use of eminent domain solely to increase the tax base?
> Plenty of examples available that touch virtually every aspect of
> J. Andrew
> On the other hand, social services has been moving toward privatization,
> as have prisons. When state revenues get tight, or when government no
> longer provides adequate services (as in the case of child welfare in
> Florida), the state will look for alternatives. And as I write this, it
> could be that the state wants to mitigate risk. Yay litigators! 8-)
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