Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Tribune makes a brilliantly realistic suggestion

The Great Falls Tribune gave us an editorial supporting the Democratic plan to grow the Dept. of Revenue by roughly 100 employees. They make the standard arguments about why the bill should be passed, but the humorous part from the editors is this: "If lawmakers are worried about abuses, they can sunset it after a few years."

Right. The state government will hire on all of those new employees, and then just fire them in 2 to 4 years. Here are the words of Ronald Reagan in his famous "A Time for Choosing," AKA "The Speech", in 1964 that catapaulted him to national fame:

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this Earth.

3 comments:

deepmoat said...

My tax accountant is an ardent Democrat, and she's very opposed to this proposal. The problem, she says, isn't going after out-of-state scofflaws, but the unintended consequences that would wreak havoc for some instate taxpayers. She didn't have time to explain to me what she meant, but said it was almost enough to make her want to switch parties.

Unfortunately, the press doesn't seem interested in explaining the shortcomings of this proposal either. Why is that?

Montana Headlines said...

We would certainly be interested in any details you come up with on this bill.

Needless to say, one highly doubts that 100 new tax collectors would only be making life miserable for out-of-staters. Most of their time will be spent making Montanans' lives miserable.

And the more spare time tax collectors have on their hands, the more likely they are to be used to make life miserable for people whose politics differs from that of those in charge.

mtliberty said...

Couldn't agree more.