More Taxes are a Good Thing ... For Governments

And apparently for bureaucracies in general, including those of international organizations; an "expert" from the Inter-American Development Bank is supporting tax reform in Costa Rica.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Although officially the IDB "does not advocate a tax burden or specific tax policy," one of its officials warmly supports the project to increase the tax burden to support the Costa Rican economy, to the point of suggesting that the tax burden be similar to Argentina’s.

An article by Mary Anastasia O'Grady of The Wall Street Journal recalls Alexis De Tocqueville's warning that democracy can only survive up to the point at which "politicians realize they can bribe people with their own money", noting that now these politicians contend with the "poisonous influence of multilateral institutions such as the current Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)."

O'Grady points out how "the gap in education and health previously observed between Costa Rica and the rest of the region is disappearing and the Tocqueville effect seems to be at the heart of the problem."

"Chinchilla’s party is rubbing its hands at the prospect of new revenue and the IDB is feeding the frenzy. In September $609,000 was approved for a project that, according to information on its website, will 'support' the 'implementation of the proposed tax reform’. The agency says that the way they will spend the money has not yet been made public information."

"De Tocqueville saw the danger in all this: 'The history of liberty is a history of limitation of government power, not its increase.' But even he could not have anticipated this government excess stimulated by the IDB."

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