Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Quote of the day

From Glenn Reynolds in USA Today:
Enough breaches of trust -- and I haven't even started to hit all the scandals out there, by a long shot -- and ordinary people will start to assume that the whole system is corrupt. And if that happens, people will quit following the law because they think it's the right thing to do, and only do so to the extent they're afraid of getting caught. Plenty of countries operate on that principle. They're just not as nice to live in as countries where the law has moral stature. When government officials breach trust, they push us closer to that sort of third world condition. Which is why, when they're found doing so, they should be punished severely.

Exactly.  But I don't see too much accountability these days.  That's for the peasantry, not the nobility.  Perhaps it's time we told D.C. we'll consider meeting our annual April 15th deadline when they're more consistent about meeting their deadlines...

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