The Government of Bad Manners
By Bryan Caplan
We teach children to say “Thank you” when others help them – even if the others are socially expected to help them.
We teach children to say “I’m sorry” when they’ve needlessly harmed others – even if the harm was done unintentionally or in good faith.
So riddle me this:
1. Why doesn’t the IRS send thank you notes to taxpayers – especially the biggest taxpayers?
2. Why don’t lawmaking bodies apologize to marijuana users – not to mention anyone who served jail time for a marijuana offense – when they decriminalize marijuana?
Whether or not you’ve got an explanation, feel free to add other examples of governments’ bad manners in the comments…
HT: Partly inspired by a conversation with Miles Kimball