a foggy London night not too long ago, a middle-aged grocer, while walking
towards Paddington Station to catch his train home was mugged at knifepoint.
The assailant, pressing his blade against the hapless victim's throat, bent him
over backwards and issued a strange ultimatum: "Give me taxes!" Taxes?
That's right, today's thief operating in the UK does not say "Your money
or your life" or similar clichés. He robs you by demanding "taxes”.
This author always thought that was the prerogative of the government and yet
as many taxpayers have long claimed, politicians and thieves do have a lot in
common, each group holding to a basic core belief: "What's mine is mine
and what's yours is mine”.
Thieves and Politicians
you ever wonder how criminals could justify (to themselves) stealing the
hard-earned property of other people? Upon being interviewed, many convicts
have revealed their bizarre world view that what belongs to others is really
theirs (the "Saddam Hussein syndrome"). One particularly ruthless Los
Angeles gang member now in prison for murdering a teenage girl offered this
justification for robbing others: "It's like I'm coming up in the world,
you know. I'm trying to make it and I need your wallet. That's how I see it”.
also trying to "make it" in the world, need our wallets too. In both
instances with the thief and with the congressman who takes your money and
spends it on a study of the sex lives of Siamese fighting fish, a huge ego is
at work. An inordinately egotistical person actually thinks that your money and
your possessions are there to serve his needs. In his mind, everyone and everything
exists solely for the gratification of his selfish desires.
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