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  • A Small Victory

    Posted by David Foster on May 26th, 2010 (All posts by )

    About a month ago, I wrote about a provision in the “finance reform” bill that had the potential to do great harm to venture capital and angel investing, and hence to America’s economic growth and productivity. I’m happy to note that this provision has now been removed from the Senate bill.

    I refer to this as a small victory, despite its importance, because this is only a single win against the flood of virtually insane regulatory and tax policy that threatens to engulf the entire American economy. As the WSJ article notes:

    “…the fact that such a destructive provision made it that far shows how little the Members and staff now running Congress understand about wealth creation and the sources of American prosperity.”

    Even more disturbing than the lack of understanding of the economy is the lack of understanding of their own limitations. Indeed, this Congress and Administration seem to me like someone who holds an administrative job at an airline–establishing flight schedules and ordering the in-flight meals, let’s say–who decides that his executive title gives him the right to fly a 777 with passengers. Or a political appointee at the Department of Transportation who goes out to the Potomac Approach facility, sits down at a radar screen, and starts directing traffic.

    There appears to be no limit to the arrogance of those now dominating our political process.


    3 Responses to “A Small Victory”

    1. methinks Says:

      Well, thank God for that, David. I was trying to find out if that destructive thing was left in (along with all the other destructive things). Thanks for the update.

      Of course, what was left in is the government’s ability to gather information about ordinary citizens’ financial accounts, consuming habits and even ATM usage. They can store that info for three years and make it public upon request.

      Big brother watching you. What could go wrong?

    2. Michael Kennedy Says:

      These people have no skills but politics. There was talk in lefty blogs about “pushing aside” BP and taking over the oil spill rescue. Who in the White House or any of the other political appointees has any knowledge of such things ? They are poseurs.

    3. LFMayor Says:

      re: Michael Kennedy. Give them all the rope they want, eventually they’ll hang themselves. Public, spectacular failures might even serve to wake up the sleepers, too.