The Taking Tree

by Don Boudreaux on September 14, 2011

in Other People's Money, Video

This short video conveys several truths enjoyably and with humor.  (Warning: an F-bomb at the very end – but G-rated till then.)  (HT Michael Ozias)

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Josephine Stalin September 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm

This is an extremist video made by tinfoil hat cult members. These three men and two women politicians were hired during the Bush administration and are being investigated by the DOJ.
From now on trunks, stumps, and roots will be taken only if the tree was involved in a crime or if it was a matter of national security, I promise. I guarantee that my careful harvesting of the leaves and branches of my taking tree national forests will be done in a dignified, egalitarian, and environmentally safe manner.

I also urge you not to be cynical and watch Drunk Dictator’s video about Megatron, Terminator, or Cylon, or this one about Atlas Shrugged found on his site…

Methinks1776 September 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Nice. Politicians and swarming locusts have much in common.

Chuclehead September 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Has anyone seen a waiter around here?

PrometheeFeu September 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I must admit to always find myself surprised by the use of the term “F-Bomb” and generally the fear of children hearing “inappropriate” words. I swear, your kids hearing such words will not die, catch a disease or in any way become impaired as a result. I still remember when I was supervising kids for the first time after having acquired the prized status of adult for a few years. Some kid let out “the s-word” as his “friends” said when they ratted him out. The poor child looked like he thought I was going to kill him. I on the other hand was at first confused. My immediate response was: “What S word?” What could be so horrifying that it not only deserved immediate, swift and apparently brutal adult intervention and could not even be spoken out loud? So one of the kid’s “friends” (Seriously, what friend puts you in a situation where you think the ultimate outcome is so terrifying as to bring you to the edge of tears) started to spell: “S-H-I” looks at me with a “will I also be in trouble if I keep going?” sort of look then under his breath: “T”. At that point, I was spending every ounce of energy not laughing at the whole situation. Of course, the poor child was quacking in his boots. (metaphorically as he was not wearing boots) Eventually, I managed to mutter something along the lines of “Don’t do it again.” (didn’t want to shatter their expectations too much) To this day, it is one of the most amusing experiences of my life. The whole concept of “bad words” seems pretty absurd to me. But hey, I’ve tried to keep them out of this post out of respect for the host who seems to care about it.

Jean Parmesan September 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Yes, but I’m sure the tree benefited from the multiplier effects of all that government spending. And, don’t forget that we just owe it to ourselves, so no big deal when you look at the macroeconomics of it all.

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