"Government," says Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., "is simply the name we give to the things we choose to do together." This, of course, is eminently untrue -- we do plenty of things together that don't involve the government, thank God. One can only imagine how dull and dreary our sex lives would be if they had to run through a DMV-style bureaucracy.HA. The joke is slightly lessened if we acknowledge that there are a few people who have to wait in a long line to get needs like that taken care of, but well-spotted young Ben. Do go on:
But this foolish liberal meme has value. It does carry a grain of truth: government represents us. Without us, there is no government. More to the point, without our money, there are no government programs.Aha! There is government and it does stuff. Also well-spotted. What can be done with this grain of truth? A grain is a seed, right? And from tiny acorns mighty oaks grow:
The truth is that capitalism, not government, is the name of the things we choose to do together. I choose to pay somebody to wash my car; that person chooses to wash my car in exchange for the cash.Stupid Barney Frank.
The rest of the column is about how Sandra Fluke should do Ben's laundry. No really.