Thursday, December 08, 2005


George Will, commenting via TownHall 12-4-05

remarks on the futility and downright foolishness of windfall profits taxes such as the one Byron Dorgan, the Democratic Senator from North Dakota, recently proposed on oil. The column is, as is almost always the case with Dr. Will, a worthy, enlightening read.

Especially interesting is the not entirely topical lead... Quoting Edward Gibbon's 'The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,' the good doctor notes:

"A Locrian [a people of ancient Greece] who proposed any new law stood forth in the assembly of the people with a cord round his neck, and if the law was rejected, the innovator was instantly strangled."

Damn. You really can learn from the past... We need an initiative immediately...

I bet Tim Eyman would "volunteer" to lead the campaign...

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