To steal a line from Jonah Goldberg

February 23rd, 2010

Americans are not ungovernable, sildenafil viagra we’re unruleable.

(I know it’s not a word, tadalafil but damn it, it should be.)

Triggered by a post at Letters in Bottles

Entry Filed under: Observations

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  • 1. grumps  |  February 24th, 2010 at 8:08 am

    I think you mean, “stubborn, selfish, and prone to taking the easy path.”

  • 2. Elliot  |  February 24th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    God, I hope so.

    Every great invention was motivated by stubborn, selfish, lazy people.

    If not for them, we’d still be happily lighting candles and lamps, walking to the post office, and beating laundry against rocks.

  • 3. John Foust  |  February 24th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    The article also says “But there is a catch. However much Americans say they want a small government, they seem wedded to the expensive benefits of the big one they actually have…”

  • 4. Elliot  |  February 24th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    That’s the reason why people like me fight government giveaways so hard when they’re first proposed, John. Once you start giving people things, they’ll fight to the death to keep them. (Take a look at farm subsidies, if you don’t believe me.) No government program ever dies. The only way to keep from being completely submerged in a world where the government takes all and gives all is to fight tooth and nail every time someone proposes to give something new away…because you’re never stopping that ball once it starts.

  • 5. John Foust  |  February 24th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    “They’ll fight to the death to keep them”? Who’s they? Them? Them is us. Them is them. Them’s candidate still gets plenty of votes. Fighting new expenditures so hard? Like endless wars? No-bid defense contracts? Might a tax break for a few cause the rest of us to pay more, and therefore behave like an expenditure?

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