Had Enough Yet?

Republican conservative columnist George Will was recently interviewed by Reason TV.  In that interview, Will says:

Whatever confidence and optimism I felt towards the central government when I got here on January 1, 1970 has pretty much dissipated at the hands of the government.

I have another example –  Jesse Jackson Jr.:

Although disgraced Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. suddenly developed a “mood disorder” as the feds were about to indict him, he qualifies for generous government disability payments because it’s considered a debilitating mental illness.

Of interesting note is that Jackson Jr., sentenced this week to 2½ years in prison for corruption, never showed any symptoms of a “mood disorder” during his 17 years as a federal lawmaker. The mental illness surfaced abruptly last summer as the congressman, a member of Judicial Watch’s Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians list, was about to get criminally charged.

The late onset of what we now knows is a debilitating mental illness makes Junior eligible to get $8,700 per month in government disability pay, according to a news report that also says the slammer-bound politician can get a partial federal pension of $45,000 despite his transgressions.

That’s $149,400 per year. Until, of course, he achieves the “full recovery” promised by his doctors.

Yeah. Right.

Glenn Reynolds uses the phrase “Tar.  Feathers.” a lot at Instapundit.  I’ve reached the conclusion that it needs to stop being rhetorical and start being literal.

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