Economics Can Be Bewitching!
This bizarre case should be an important reminder in these Tea Party days: Our taxes buy something—the services of government. Being locked out of government, as the witches were, has both costs and benefits. It’s natural to try to free-ride on the taxes of others; but if enough of us did that, simple economics shows that the services wouldn’t be provided. In a country like the U.S., with relatively low taxes and few services, do we want to provide even fewer services in order to keep taxes so low or cut them still further?
- Romania may send witches to jail if predictions don’t come true (gadling.com)
- Romania May Fine Witches for Faulty Predictions (newser.com)
- Recycling Strikes Back (freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Romania considering getting even tougher on witches (ctv.ca)
- Romania may get even tougher on witches (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Texanomics (freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Romania may toughen its laws about witches (foxnews.com)
- Witches to get permit (telegraph.co.uk)
- Romania may toughen its laws about witches (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Romanian Witches May Face Prison If Predictions Don’t Come True (huffingtonpost.com)
- SFgate.com Romania may get even tougher on witches (sfgate.com)
- Border police, customs officials detained in smuggling raids (cnn.com)