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“It's time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, "We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government." This idea that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power, is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”     Ronald Reagan

April 10, 2008

The Speed Of Government

by Brad Warbiany

I’ve found something that the government does quickly. When you owe them taxes at this time of the year, they don’t waste time. I owed at the end of this year, and there was maybe a 3-4 day from the time we SENT the check and the day it cleared. That check cleared faster than giving it to a crackhead with a gambling problem…

…which is a lot like government, when you really think about it!

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  1. I noted the same phenomenon in a letter to the editor last year.

    In June, the state house passed two laws: a tax increase on tobacco and a tax break on groceries. The tobacco tax took effect two weeks later. The grocery tax reduction? Six months.

    Comment by Brian T. Traylor — April 11, 2008 @ 11:00 am
  2. The funny thing is when you file eletronically early in the season (like mid-February) and for some reason screwed up your math and are owed a refund, it can take weeks for that money to appear in your account.

    Comment by Matt Johnston — April 11, 2008 @ 11:24 am

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