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Ken Cuccinelli on Principles & Values


Liberty Pie: increasing government's slice reduces citizens'

The liberty pie is analogy I created to illustrate the relationship between the individual and government. Like the economic pie, it looks at taxes, regulations and spending, but it looks at how those factors affect our liberty rather than our economy. Unlike the economic pie, however, the liberty pie never changes size. It never grows or shrinks, and it has only two slices: government power and citizens' liberty. What changes are the sizes of the slices.

Every single thing government does to increase its own power increases the size of ITS SLICE of the liberty pie. Since there are only two slices, every time the government's slice of the liberty pie grows, the citizens' slice is REDUCED.

Each time we ask the government to do more things, we turn over more power to it, and, naturally, our liberty is reduced. The problem is that today, rather than the citizens' willingly GIVING power to the government, the government has grown powerful enough to TAKE power from us.

Source: Last Line of Defense, by Ken Cuccinelli, p.230-231 , Feb 12, 2013

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