"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."


Glenn Reynolds:

Barack Obama:
"Impossible to transcend."

Albert A. Gore, Jr.:
"An incontinent brute."

Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
"God damn the Gentleman Farmer."

Friends of GF's Sons:
"Is that really your dad?"

Kickball Girl:
"Keeping 'em alive until 7:45."

Hired Hand:
"I think . . . we forgot the pheasant."

I'm an
Alcoholic Yeti
in the
TTLB Ecosystem

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Overpaying for Civilization

When Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes delivered himself of his famous bon mot, "taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society," the price tag for civilization stood at something like 4% of gross domestic product.

Today that bill is more like 24%.

We may want to consider the possibility that we're overpaying for civilization.


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