Twelve Parallels in Political Economy
By Robert Higgs • Monday May 24, 2010 8:02 PM PST •
The federal budget is to a tolerable government
as the Palace of Versailles is to a two-car garage.
The Code of Federal Regulations is to the rule of law
as a trainload of cyanide is to a nutritious diet.
A member of Congress is to the preservation of our liberties
as a member of the Mafia is to the propagation of Christianity.
The Pentagon budget is to the cost of adequate national security
as the Taj Mahal is to low-income housing.
The IRS is to serving the public
as a hungry shark is to a school of small fish.
A government prosecutor is devoted to seeking justice
as a wolf is devoted to preserving a flock of sheep.
Eminent domain takings are to the public interest
as plague epidemics are to the public health.
Government “stimulus” spending is to economic recovery
As a sadistic physical therapist is to physical recovery.
Government planning is to rational allocation of resources
as tone deafness is to musical composition.
Most federal statutes are to the Constitution
as the Crusaders’ plundering and killing were to the Holy Bible.
The Supreme Court flees from logic
as a vampire flees from holy water.
Taxation is to extortion
as extortion is to extortion.