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Friday, November 12, 2010

Thank You

Decades of government economic and social management have left the American people with a fiscal mess of elephantine proportions. Future generations face crushing debt and tax burdens (unless less they repudiate and rebel against them). The hole is so deep that any set of proposals to address the problems is instantly met with protest from constituencies unwilling to give up their benefits or to shoulder new tax burdens. The civil strife that has plagued Europe when even the slightest retrenchment was suggested could become part of the American landscape before too long.

For all of this, I have one thing to say to all the enlightened and benevolent politicians, alive and dead, who worked so hard to give government an ever-greater role in our lives, never thinking of the consequences beyond the next election:

Thanks a lot and … well, never mind.

  • Sheldon Richman is the former editor of The Freeman and a contributor to The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. He is the author of Separating School and State: How to Liberate America's Families and thousands of articles.