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    And punishments for the purpose of one thing only -- enhancing their tenure in office. Since bribes are illegal and immoral, they've developed this marvelous strategy of not collecting taxes from whichever segment of the electorate is likely to return them to office. It's the "unjust steward" strategy, elucidated in the biblical parable by that name. The brilliance of this strategy lies in the fact that a steward has been hired to do just that -- supervise expenditures and revenues. If his judgement/decisions are bad and favor his master's debtors, rather than his master, the master has only one recourse, firing, doing what you've been hired to do, but doing it badly is not a crime, even if the doing is designed to garner a personal advantage somewhere down the line (the revolving door).
    That the agent will prove incompetent is one of the pitfalls of agency. On the other hand, since each person's time is limited, having agents is more beneficial than trying to do everything oneself.
    The founders structured the Constitution to have agency review every two years. If we don't review and don't remove, whose fault is that?

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Thu May 30, 2013 at 02:47:59 PM PDT

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