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.
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.