Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Don Boudreaux points out how Orwellian our Congress has become

Sen. Sherrod Brown snarls at the notion that protectionist policies reduce freedom (Letters, March 18). Let's see. If I want to buy a pair of pants from China, armed agents from U.S. Customs stop me from doing so unless I fork over to them a fee that Mr. Brown and his colleagues on Capitol Hill determine I should pay for the privilege of engaging in this voluntary transaction.

If I resist and try to buy my pants without paying the fee demanded by Uncle Sam's armed goons, I will be imprisoned. If I resist too adamantly, I will be shot dead.

For Mr. Brown to deny that protectionism infringes people's freedom is disgraceful Orwellian newspeak.

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