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The moral bankruptcy of the U.K.ís faux Conservative government ^ | September 16, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted on 09/17/2013 6:24:04 PM PDT by lowbridge

As an advocate of small government, I’m often distressed that I sometimes have to rely on Republicans in Washington to fight statism.

Why am I distressed? Because some of the worst people in Washington are GOPers. They may give lip service to fiscal responsibility when campaigning, but they conveniently forget that rhetoric when it’s time to make decisions.

Which helps to explain why spending grew faster under Bush than Obama.

But as bad as Republicans are, there’s no way they could be as bad as the faux Conservative Party in the United Kingdom.

Consider the fundamental debate about whether big government is good and whether we have a moral obligation to maximise the amount of money we turn over to politicians.

Normal people think government is too big and they don’t want to reward a corrupt political class with extra revenue. And they have strong legal standing for that position. Here’s what Judge Learned Hand famously opined in 1947.

Over and over again courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging one’s affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everybody does so, rich or poor; and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands: taxes are enforced exactions, not voluntary contributions. To demand more in the name of morals is mere cant.

Judge Hand obviously is correct. It is nonsense to argue that taxpayers have an obligation to pay more than is legally required.

But not everybody is guided by common sense. And if there was a prize for an absence of common sense (as well as a prize for absence of integrity or principles), the Cameron government would be a strong contestant for that award.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: europeanunion; greatbritain; uk; unitedkingdom

1 posted on 09/17/2013 6:24:04 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

UKIP is taking votes from all parties, right and left (though more from the Conservatives).

Here’s hoping Nigel Farage keeps it up. I am not from the UK, but if I were..

2 posted on 09/17/2013 6:41:29 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Is John Boehner the Neville Chamberlain of American Politics?)
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The article is worth reading; I like to point out that if the officers of a corporation don’t ensure that they pay the minimum legal amount of tax in each country in which they do business, then they are failing and negligent in their fiduciary duty. Which is, of course, to maximize the returns to the investors - the ONLY people to which they are obligated. EVERY other thing that they do - treat customers, suppliers, their “community”, and employees - revolves around this.

3 posted on 09/17/2013 7:09:53 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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