"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
-C. S. Lewis
(BLACK) CALLER, KEVIN: They're having a Tea Party in Boston Common right now. (NEAL) BOORTZ: I don't know, are they? KEVIN: Yeah, 10,000 people there. BOORTZ: Are there really? KEVIN: Yeah, but you know what? Remember the first Boston Tea Party thing they had? Who was the first man to die there? BOORTZ: Crispus! Attucks!KEVIN: And that's why we don't 'ttend Tea Parties... from here
Herewith is a long awaited but overly simplified update.
Many moons ago I was laid off. Unceremoniously given the boot from the project I was working on. I was told it was "budget cuts" but I suspect there was more to it than that. I was vocal about the risk profile of the project. I can now tell you the plan was to consolidate the servers for a mission critical application to a secure, dedicated facility. So far, so good, right? Oh, and they were changing their information delivery model. And the platform. And the database schema. And data feeds. Right about then I raised my hand and, ever so meekly, inquired if it was wise to change all these at once. I mentioned that the problem with multiple concurrent changes like this makes testing nearly impossible. They, of course, blew me off.
The thing about being an IT consultant is that you're like Cassandra. So many places make the same mistakes you see them over and over. I used to get angry …
Pajamas Media » No Taxation without Satirization "But the point isn’t to design a tax system capable of supporting the government, but to devise the simplest, fairest tax code devoid of niggling manipulations, and tailor the government to fit the revenues."
Precisely. He gets to the heart of the matter in a single sentence. The point is to set up a fair taxation system and provide Constitutionally required services. Not to create a rapacious taxation system designed to humble and hobble the Evil Rich People. Nor to reward the Noble Poor. Nor to squeeze the ever loved but often screwed Middle Class. The point is that we're all in this together and all must pay some. Not some paying (nearly) all.