Everything is taxing.

Every activity taxes your limited time, energy, even good will.  And now, thanks to SCOTUS, your inactivity is taxable too.  Both everything and nothing now have government costs.  This excellent column describes how sane people deal with their ever-mounting government expenses.  The attitude Mr. Bowyer describes…

…has given up much hope…


It thinks the government is a colossal amoeba twitching mindlessly in response to tiny pinpricks of pain from an endless army of micro-brained interest groups. The point is not to teach the amoeba nor to guide it, but simply to stay away from the lethal stupidity of its pseudopods.

In my personal case, the past few days have been very taxing.  The tinnitus has been pretty bad.  It really interfered with last night’s sleep.  Naturally, exhaustion makes tinnitus worse, a vicious cycle I’ve bemoaned before.

So I’ve upped my Ambien intake, now about three nights a week or sometimes every other day.  My doctor was nice enough to authorize five refills, which would be a year’s worth.

But my pharmacy has just informed me that the second refill didn’t go through.  I’d forgotten that my job’s health benefits had, yet again, been re”organized”.  Now I must confront a new bureaucracy and navigate through unfamiliar byzantine corridors.  That, or pay nine times more out-of-pocket.

It’s tempting to do that very thing.  But sooner or other I’ll have other medical needs, right?  Probably sooner.  So here’s yet another tax on my time, energy, and good will.

Meanwhile I can renew my car insurance in less time than it takes to write this post.

This merciless amoeba government is why Beltway Republicans are, by and large, despicable.  (You already know my opinion about Democrats.)  It’s why enthusiasm for Romney is so difficult, even though Obama is an arrogant dictator.

Consider Reagan.  Reagan knew better than the Beltway and delighted in endlessly proving it.  But he never gave the impression that he knew better than you, the individual American.  And you know why?  Because he knew he didn’t.  Who was he to dictate your life choices to you?  The less he interfered with your life, the happier both of you would be.

And Reagan wanted to be a happy warrior.

Obama wants to make all your decisions whether you like it or not.  Does he seem happy?  No, of course not.  His public life is most unhappy.  It’s because “progressives” have only two emotional settings:  smugness and whining.  Obama gloats when he gets his way and bitches when he doesn’t.  I’d say he’s an unhappy warrior, except that he’s not even that.  Ronnie R. was an American individual; B.O. is merely the latest queen bee of a hive mind.

Now look at Romney.  How does Mitt “Massachusetts Mandate” Romney strike you?  His personal temperament is much more like Reagan’s than Obama’s.  He doesn’t gloat and he doesn’t whine.  But his assumptions seem more like Barack’s.  If Romney works to increase your personal liberty…and that’s a very big if…he still seems to believe that he’d do a better job with your life than you will.  The Gipper didn’t.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I must go wrestle with a gargantuan pseudopod.

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I've accepted that all of you are socially superior to me. But no pretending that any of you are rational.
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4 Responses to Everything is taxing.

  1. Xpat says:

    I was talking to another xpat this weekend who is a staunch libertarian (to the point that he thinks the Reason magazine folks are interesting but not real libertarians). I said, “Why don’t some libertarians just get an island somewhere and start a country, and call it something like Libertania.” He said the more serious and practical minded talk in that direction that has ocurred has focussed on the possibility of starting city states on oil rigs.

    • wormme says:

      I like it, but there’s a cautionary tale. After World War I a bunch of xpats expected another epic conflict soon to come. So they thought, and researched, and finally settled on a hiding place the civilized world had hardly heard of and cared for nothing at all.

      Its name is Iwo Jima.

  2. Xpat says:

    Really? That’s a trip! It’s hard to credit though because Iwo Jima (if Edo were here he’d harrumph “Excuse me, that’s ‘Iwo To'”–which is the way it’s actually said) was sovereign Japanese territory, I think technically in the district of Tokyo though far South of it. I’d believe that story more if it was some South Pacific island like Guadalcanal.

    I think the idea of the libertarian islands (or drilling platforms) was not to wait out the Apocalypse in isolation but to start up a new territory with new rules/ideals. Presumably it would be open to the rest of the world. It would be like a small version of Singapore.

    And I figure it would be better to start ten than one.

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