“ACCEPTED WASTE” “Accepted waste,” a definition of government by Brian McLaughlin is probably the most accurate definition of government. Consider, all government is involved in taking wealth from the citizenry and ‘redeploying’, or redistributing the wealth to others. Sometimes, government performs a necessary service to the community ( inefficiently, of course). Theoretically, government is populated by altruistic, dedicated and selfless public servants who would never take into consideration politics, self-serving, lobbying or greedy redistribution of wealth seized from the populace through taxation. All realities and facts fly in the face of this concept; everyman knows the pettiness, corruption, and grasping that is the hallmark of government at every level. Yet, in every age we have liberals, progressives, politicians, and bureaucrats tell us that ‘this time it will be different’ if only we will give them a little more of the treasure produced by the people. Long ago, in 1867, Sir Louis Mallet’s rightly observed: “... we add to these considerations the singular inaptitude of the governing classes of this country to comprehend foreign affairs, the extraordinary errors which are usually to be observed in their judgements and opinions ....” Mark those words “inaptitude” and “errors ... (of) judgement” and think of the heavy corrupt hand of government coming in ObamaCare. Yes, I know liberals and progressives assure us this time it will be different. In modern days, Robert Heinlein notes: “Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded - here and there, now and then- are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as ‘bad luck.’" But in our day, Pres. Obama assure us, the workers and creators, that “you didn’t build that.” In his Second Inaugural Address he assures us that only the collective and not the individual is the road to success. The collective and its handmaiden government trump personhood and freewill. From utopian communities, to the Soviet Union and now in European Socialism, the history of the collective has been failure and more failure. Is America to slip back into abject poverty to prove once again the inaptitude of the collective and government? Many times incompetence of governance becomes a source of pride. Nancy Ward, Administrator at FEMA, recently justified FEMA’s incompetence by saying “It doesn’t always work out the way we intended; but we never stop trying.” Isn’t one of the definitions of insanity doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? That which is surrendered to government is lost forever to the citizens, the producers of wealth. “There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him,” says Robert Heinlein. What can we do to not accept the waste? Shouldn’t we be persons and not slaves to the collective? “Accepted Waste” is the true definition of government which we must protest at all times.