we all the sinners

どうして、アメリカの人は、こう両極に触れるのでしょうか。
Paying With Our Sins

By NICK GILLESPIE
Published: May 16, 2009

THE Obama administration’s drug czar made news last week by saying he wanted to end all loose talk about a “war on drugs.” “We’re not at war with people in this country,” said the czar, Gil Kerlikowske, who favors forcing people into treatment programs rather than jail cells.

Here’s a better idea — and one that will help the federal and state governments fill their coffers: Legalize drugs and then tax sales of them. And while we’re at it, welcome all forms of gambling (rather than just the few currently and arbitrarily allowed) and let prostitution go legit too. All of these vices, involving billions of dollars and consenting adults, already take place. They just take place beyond the taxman’s reach.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/17/opinion/17gillespie.html
違法なドラッグ、マリファナとかですね、あるいは賭博、売春、こういった違法行為を合法化して、それに課税する方がより効率的だと。

市場原理主義的経済学者の中にこの手の論理をかざす人がいました。バローなんて人でしたっけ。

違法であるとされるこれらの行為を取り締まるためのコストは膨大だ、にもかかわらず、これらをなくすことはできない。だとすれば、これらを合法化して課税する方が政府の財政にもやさしいというわけです。

禁酒法の時代に別にアメリカでアルコール飲料の消費量が減ったわけではないのも事実ではありますが。

アメリカの連邦最高裁の位置づけについてて歴史から説き起こしているのです。
Obama’s Choice

By H.D.S. GREENWAY
Published: May 18, 2009

With the resignation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter, Barack Obama is about to make one of the most import appointments any president can make. For picking a justice for the Supreme Court will have more ramifications for the republic than any cabinet secretary or ambassador.

The United States may be a comparatively young country, but its institutions have influenced the world profoundly. The constitutional ideals put forth upon its shores in the late 18th century guided the way other societies organized themselves, from the Déclaration des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen in France in 1789, to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948, to the constitutions of dozens of other countries emerging from colonialism and Communism. From the earliest times, as the historian Samuel Eliot Morison wrote: Liberty to Americans meant, “first freedom under laws of their own making, and, second, the right to do anything that did not harm others.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/19/opinion/19iht-edgreenway.html
アメリカは、比較的若い国だと説き起こしていますが、1789年の法律がまだ生きている国でもあります。
日本で1789年の法律って何か生きています?

ミシガン州知事が候補になっているとワシントン・ポストは報じていますが。
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by nk24mdwst | 2009-05-19 18:14 | 租税法(アメリカ)


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