Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 9:23 pm

They. Just. Lie. (And how to stop them.)

I mentioned some time back about how Rachel Lee of Vote for Marriage NC flat-out lied to the Greensboro City Council when she spoke in favor of Amendment One, which voters will decide on May 8.

Now, via Southern Beale at First Draft, comes this interesting anecdote:

Economist Arthur Laffer, a leader in the private efforts to eliminate Tennessee’s inheritance tax, told a state legislative committee Monday that FedEx president, chairman and CEO Fred Smith told him last week that “he’s gettin’ out of this state” if the bill repealing the tax doesn’t pass the legislature.

Laffer, who gained fame as a supply-side advocate in the administration of former President Ronald Reagan, moved a few years ago from California to Nashville, where he is chairman of Laffer Associates, a consulting firm, and Laffer Investments, an institutional investment management firm.

He made a 25-minute talk to the House-Senate Fiscal Review Committee Monday in support of legislation that phases out Tennessee’s inheritance and estate taxes by 2016.

Laffer has been a world-class bullshitter for more than 30 years. He lied about the “benefits” of the Reagan tax cuts and he’s lying now.

So here’s my proposal: Everyone who speaks before an elected body, in any capacity, has to be put under oath that he or she will tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, on pain of five years in prison for perjury. And then start locking some liars up.

It won’t fix everything that ails our politics, Lord knows. But it will end some of the most egregious abuses and provide some salutary examples of what happens when you try to screw your fellow citizens and the system of government our ancestors died to create and defend.




  1. Roger Clemens is paying for his lying….paying his attorney at the moment and most likely paying society at some point.

    Comment by John W. Graham — Tuesday, April 17, 2012 9:28 pm @ 9:28 pm

  2. Now if we could lock up some investment bankers, my mood might improve.

    Comment by Lex — Tuesday, April 17, 2012 9:34 pm @ 9:34 pm

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