Comments: Senators Are Outraged! New Billionaire Saverin was insufficiently grateful.
Language controls not only the narrative, it contols what you can think about.
If a "fair" tax for a man who makes $50,000 were thought to be $5,000, a fair tax for a man making a billion dollars would be...$5,000. A progressive tax for the man making one billion dollars would be...100 million. Not 30, or 50, or 75 percent--as as the new French president proposes.
The principle of no taxation without representation has been turned on it's head. Representative democracy represents envy, sloth, and greed. Edmund Burke--The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.
Posted by james wilson at May 19, 2012 10:12 AM
Pournelle assumes that, in the Senators' minds, there is a linkage between monies appropriated and monies spent -- that, once revenue has been raised, it can be spent. Furthermore, that raising revenue is the true purpose of taxation in this day and age.
Would that either were true.
Posted by Mark Alger at May 19, 2012 3:13 PM