What Is Your Government Not Telling You?

The money we talk about in Washington, D.C., is not the government's money," said President Bush, celebrating the imminent passage of his latest tax cut, as he liberated an estimated $22 million from the party faithful at a fund raiser in the nation's capital last week. "The money we talk about in Washington, D.C., is the people's money." Bush used this formulation throughout the 2000 campaign, and I always found it a bit confusing. It sounded as if the Federal Government were a toxic fungus implanted upon the banks of the Potomac by communists, space aliens or Hollywood celebrities and not,...

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