Thursday, January 26, 2012


"Increasingly one gets the impression that he is living in a third-world country."

So begins Christopher Orlet's cautionary tale from his experience with the Missouri DMV, a tale I suspect is repeated daily not just in Missouri, but across the fruited plane.

Please pause to connect the dots from Orlet's story to looming Obamacare, not to mention the thousand other government regulations and regulators in between.

In Mexico they call it la mordida, the "bite", the unofficial "tax" that attends successfully complying with virtually all government regulations or receiving any government service.  It's kind of a joke, but it's not funny.

The cost of such a tax is not just the "cost", the $50 bucks Orlet could have slipped the inspector in order to "fix" the problem with his car.  There are many other costs as well, costs that typically fall most heavily on the poor as Orlet points out.  But the real cost is a loss of respect for the the law, the entire law, even the laws that proscribe theft, battery, even murder.

Both parties and all politicians are guilty of multiplying just such nuisance rules and regulations.  But one party and the politicians that represent it is more guilty, much more guilty.  Remember that when you vote.

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