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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 243 of George Melloan’s 2009 volume, The Great Money Binge:

In its very essence, government is a cop.  It can be a good cop or a bad cop.  It can be a vicious cop or a considerate cop.  It can be a thoughtful or a dumb cop.  But one thing is certain.  When it goes beyond being a cop and tries to actually manage the productive processes of a nation, it invariably makes a hash of the job.