Dan Mitchell says the Obama plan for automatic tax increases when Congress overspends is a bad idea. At that rate the government will own us all before long. He has a counter proposal. There are more in the comments. I have one myself.

There is a better way: decimation.

If Congress and the President over spend put their names in an (electronic) hat and hang 10% of them. Live - Pay Per View. It might even raise significant revenue. At least it would pay for the hanging. Pay Go!

There is nothing like imminent demise to focus the mind.

H/T Instapundit

Cross Posted at Power and Control

posted by Simon on 04.13.11 at 06:40 PM


Bless you for using the word "decimate" in the proper way! These days when people say "decimated" (even well educated people), they usually mean "annihilated."

Eric Scheie   ·  April 13, 2011 8:44 PM

. . . your fingers to God's To-Do list . . .

filbert   ·  April 13, 2011 10:33 PM

Sounds good to me. However, a less-deadly method of persuasion might be to link instant resignation to any vote for a tax increase. In other words, any congress critter who votes in favor of a tax increase must resign immediately following said vote. After all, for a congress critter, an increase in taxes is a tacit admission that one has failed in one's job to be a responsible steward of the government's allowance. ("Allowance" as in, the money you give your kids that they don't actually earn.)

John S.   ·  April 14, 2011 10:43 AM

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