Quote of the week

Ready for the Federal government to be shrunk to a more manageable size? Don’t hold your breath while you wait:

Remember that money is at stake. If, for example, a federal Cabinet department were deemed unConstitutional, it would open the way for claims that the funding for that department had been illegally appropriated and must be returned via a tax rebate. But governments give no refunds, now or ever. It would be the height of absurdity to imagine that the trillions of dollars poured into the Department of Health and Human Services, for example, would be returned to American taxpayers, even if it could be raised.

On the other hand, seeing it declared defunct, its regulations vacated, its facilities emptied, and its personnel scattered to the four winds, would almost make up for not getting a check for the proceeds, wouldn’t it?

No one in federal office will vote for any diminution of Washington’s power to tax and tyrannize us — certainly not with retroactive effect. Any vows of fidelity to the Constitution made by Congress over these next two years will be tactical only.

Which is likely true, but as tactics go, we’ve all seen worse.


  1. nightfly »

    7 January 2011 · 3:01 pm

    I feel about defunding useless bureaucracy the same way I feel about Social Security – I don’t need to see dime one of what I’ve already paid to come out way ahead, because my tax burden will be that much lower from that point on. The sooner it’s gone, the sooner I can stop having my paycheck hoovered up.

  2. McGehee »

    8 January 2011 · 9:50 am

    I second nightfly’s motion. Just Make It Stop.

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