Looter Nation

An article from Wired reveals what’s wrong with our nation: special-interest warfare has gained speed, and we’re slipping closer to the state where everyone tries to steal from everyone else.

Wired reports: “General Motors, teetering on the brink of insolvency, has taken the extraordinary step of calling on employees and dealers to personally urge lawmakers to approve another loan package that might keep the beleaguered automaker from going under.”

And if some of us do not wish to “loan” General Motors our money? Tough: you’ll do it, or else. Or else you’ll be fined, prosecuted, and locked in a steel cage. Because, as a Democratic activist recently told me, “Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.” Call it a civilized hold up.

During the New Deal, typically business leaders fell into line behind Roosevelt. In a system of massive wealth redistribution by politicians and capricious enforcement of arbitrary law, many business owners look for subsidies or fear retaliation.

As I’ve noted, it is a sickening spectacle.

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