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Ronald Reagan liked to describe the sequence of actions that government typically takes toward private business:

"If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it."

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Does this comment add anything to the topic under discussion, or is it just a general "I hate taxes and love Ronald Reagan" political jab? Do we really want DailyKos-quality political discussion here?

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The comment is what exactly happens when gov't sticks its nose into private enterprise. It is true regardless who says it.

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Isn't it kind of boring to just copy and paste a generic anti-tax quote, though, with the only relationship being that this is a discussion involving taxes? I could copy-and-paste some generic pro-government quote from JFK or something, but it wouldn't be too useful either.

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"Lower rates of taxation will stimulate economic activity and so raise the levels of personal and corporate income as to yield within a few years an increased – not a reduced – flow of revenues to the federal government."

– John F. Kennedy, Jan. 17, 1963, annual budget message to the Congress, fiscal year 1964

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The quote is dealing exactly with the problem we are witnessing. Internet is a vibrant bazaar of ideas and products and services. It runs: so they will tax it. Stage one is being negotiated. Probably not in our lifetime, but in our children's, the third stage will be accomplished.

P.S. Please I want to see a quote from JFK or even Obama Himself on why it is good to strap an industry. But best place to find a quote like that would be in the Lenin Library.

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