Since the advent of the Internet, an increasing number of people no longer know what a phone book is. Thick, heavy tomes periodically updated and delivered to your residence – full of listings of people (White Pages) and businesses (Yellow Pages), their addresses and phone numbers. Back in the Cretaceous Period – this was how you found contact information.
We deliver this history lesson – to deliver the Yellow Pages Rule: If you can find it in the Yellow Pages – the government shouldn’t do it. Government should not open up shop and compete with private businesses. For a whole host of reasons.
One reason – the Wallet Rule: If you go out on a Friday night with your wallet, and you go out the following Friday night with my wallet – on which Friday night are you going to have more fun? Obviously, you’re going to have a whole lot more fun with my wallet – because you don’t care what my wallet looks like at the end of the evening.
Well, government is always on other peoples’ wallets – ours. In gambling parlance – they’re playing with house money. Government will never spend money as wisely or well as the people who earned it – from whom government takes it. More