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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/14166/an-infinitesimal-outrage/

An Infinitesimal Outrage

October 6, 2010 by

Missing the forest for the trees:

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal judge has halted a national operation that allegedly bilked consumers out of more than $60 million by falsely claiming it can reduce people’s tax debts…

The U.S. Government forcibly confiscated over $2.4 trillion in taxes last year. But please, by all means let’s worry about some hustlers who “bilked consumers” out of .00000230769231% of that amount by preying on people’s fear of having their property seized by the federales.


Dave Albin October 6, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I always love how they put in comments about how wealthy the company’s owner was – his Ferrari and multi-million dollar home, for example. Who can be innocent with these things?!

Just Isaac October 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Everyone knows Ferrari gives money to the Church of Satan and steals candy from children.

Jkillz October 6, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Pot, meet kettle.

JR October 6, 2010 at 11:53 pm

The numbers remind me of the time Henry Waxman was outraged at some corporate CEO when his company lost a few $billion of private capital, with nary a thought about the the $trillions in debt Congress has run up since he became a Congressman 35 years ago.

Michael J. Green October 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

The government hates competition!

Andrew October 7, 2010 at 6:53 am

“I’m shocked! Shocked to find gambling going on here!….. Your winnings sir.. Oh thank you very much!” – Casablanca

Nothing’s changed.

Rick October 7, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I think most politicians and bureaucrats really believe that they live in another world, the rules they make don’t apply to them, economics is only something for the “private sector”, money is really no object and what they spend is separate from the overall economy, and despite all of their hypocrisy it’s their job to lecture or punish the private citizen.

Franklin October 7, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Nice summation.
And that “private citizen,” in turn, embraces the slave mentality, and accepts his subservient role like a penitent child.
Former NY Governor Spitzer was imprisoning people for the “crime” to which he was guilty. Is there anything more despicable or sickening?
And his punishment? He leaves office, maybe gets a divorce, and now will have a radio talk show.
And how many slaves will tune in and listen? Many.
Empty lives everywhere.
The citizens follow their masters. They want masters.
And the emptier are their lives, the stronger is the celebrity bureaucrats’ job security.

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