Noman has mentioned David Mamet frequently in his posts since reading and being deeply impressed by his soul searching political apologia entitled "The Secret Knowledge."
It is a special book filled with insights about the Left, the Right, government, culture, ethnicity and more.
He penned a thoughtful and funny, even if a bit disjointed, Op-ed in the other day's WSJ.
For, the more I think about it, the more the question of taxes is central to that of liberty in general. For the question is: Who is to run the country? Is it to be run by its citizens, free to exchange goods and services for mutual benefit, or by the government, increasing both its powers and its corruption by the ability to tax?
And who would be these Solons who would run our government, but the good-willed and otherwise unemployable, content to suck at the government tit, and spout trash for a living—e.g., that one may disrespect an absent sushi chef by an incorrect method of eating his California roll, or that a proportion of races in the workplace differing from the proportion of races in the populace at large is de facto evidence of discrimination?
Cut taxes and these intellectual wards of the state will have to find a method of support that actually fulfills a need. Cut taxes and the "special interests" will have no incentive to bribe or "support" a candidate to the tune of a fortune, for the candidate, if elected, will have no ability to repay the bribe.It is at least facially plausible that government from the municipal to the federal level is filled with attitude-challenged unemployables.
That is the way it seems whenever Noman has to interface with the property tax assessor or building inspector, the department of motor vehicles or secretary of state, the IRS or airport transport workers.
Higher salaries, better perks, greater job security and an enhanced ability to exert power over others than readily available in comparable private sector positions seem to have worsened the problem rather than rectified it.
Manet's prescriptions sound good to Noman. Cut taxes; reduce the demands of government upon the nation's pocketbook; shake free of government funded concentrations of Liberal power and pieties.
To borrow a phrase, we have nothing to lose but our chains. Let the shredding begin.