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Pinhead Bureaucrats Threaten Family with Possible Prison Sentence for Rescuing a Baby Deer

slk Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 9:08 PM
I most certainly do care about the law. I also don't believe that just because Obama breaks the law, everyone else can too. This is all "But Mommy, everyone else is doing it so why can't I?" and sadly people think this is okay. If you don't believe in following the law, that's fine. Just don't complain about consequences.

As a public finance economist, I normally focus on big-picture arguments against excessive government.

If the public sector is too large, for instance, that undermines economic growth by diverting resources from the productive sector of the economy.

The damage is then compounded by a needlessly destructive and punitive tax system.

But I’ve also discovered that it helps to personalize the analysis by pointing out examples of ridiculous and wasteful behavior by government.