First, Cut Spending

by Don Boudreaux on February 28, 2007

in Politics

Here, at, I expand on my argument that to justify a new government program is not to justify a higher tax-take as a source of funds for that program.

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Martin February 28, 2007 at 3:11 pm

O Don, you were doin' so darn WELL until you mentioned 'cutting farm subsidies'…

Then I hit the 'Snooze' button.

Governments only exist for very limited purposes – doing everything within their power to ensure that the borders are secure and that the highways are clean and passable. That's it.

I don't mean to be rude, Don, but when you start talking about 'subsidies' I get nervous. How about saying 'It is not my responsibility your child cannot read, but yours' and killing all literacy programs? If the nipper can't read, tough. Maybe they're incurably stupid.

How about saying 'If you can't afford 'live saving drugs', why did you score so much dope that you became schizophrenic? You had no compunction about using your own initiative to fund and then find dope to score – why is funding the solution to your solutions problem my problem?'

How about saying 'So you ended getting shot by members of another gang. Here's a plastic sheet for you to curl up and die in, just please don't get any blood on the carpet – you wouldn't be where you are today if you'd stayed in school and off the streets'.

How about saying all of that and NOT fixating on maintaining the purity of economistic doctrine?

M. Hodak February 28, 2007 at 5:29 pm

Very well written, Don. The sad thing is that I don't think even your arguments will convey how thoroughly, wastefully politicized a good portion of this $3 trillion in government spending truly is, or how much violence can be represented by the government wresting that portion from the people who worked for it to give it to a politically favored constituency that didn't.

Martin, I kindly suggest that you find a better home for your collectivist-statist perspective, like Daily Kos. Here, you sound like a troll.

Lowcountryjoe March 1, 2007 at 4:24 am

Yep, Martin, you go ahead and hit the snooze button but certainly, under any conditions, hit any of the links on the left hand side of this web page. Because checking out the well reasoned opinions held by the two authors of this blog wouln't in any way be beneficial. In particular, if you looked under 'argiculture', 'education', 'FDA', 'regulation', 'market in everythin', and others, you may just learn that the these "economic purities" are not rooted in uncaring and rigidity as you seem to think they are. But you'll never check out those links and even if you did, your close mindedness would probably not allow for the wisdoms to sink in and for progress to be made.

It is far more fun to snipe through misrepresentation than it is to actually open your mind up, awake it from its slumber, and actually discuss the issues without all of the nonsensical hyperbole. Hit the snooze button again, Martin.

Martin March 1, 2007 at 4:33 pm

Wilco, Lowcountry Joe.


Russell Nelson March 2, 2007 at 2:40 am

Good to see a man admit that his mind is made up. That way, we won't waste any time trying to persuade you otherwise.

Martin March 2, 2007 at 3:30 am

I was thinking just the same about Guru Don.

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