The Tragedy of Complacence

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I am currently reading an excellent book called Reporting the Revolutionary War, by Todd Andrlik. It is, for the most part, a collection of the newspapers printed during the Revolutionary War.
This picture is a page of the Pennsylvania Chronicle, October 12,1767, just after the Townshend acts were passed. They printed the entire act–every single specification of the tax, in excruciating detail.
When was the last time our tax laws were simple enough to be printed in a paper when they were enacted?
And the more troubling question that springs immediately to mind: when was the last time we cared enough about the laws our politicians enact to actually read them if they were printed?

Sobering thought…

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