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Government, n. One of several areas the subject of an insightful
philosophical commentary entitled the Tao Te Ching. Composed in China
by Lao Tzu in 500 BC, it paints a picture of government that is like
acting; only bad acting draws attention to itself, and the best acting
causes the observer to forget the fact that he is watching actors.
This book is the origin of the words, "Running a big government is
like frying a small fish," popular among Republicans. (There are also
statements that Democrats would like, but Democrats do not believe in
reading books) A small fish is fried without being cut up or cleaned;
that is to say, with a minimum of interference. Hence Republicans like
to quote the words as a reason to avoid spending money on social
programs and other uses that they dislike (spending ample money on
programs that they do like, such as military expenditures and
subsidies for environmentally destructive business, is, of course,
exempt). Although this may not have been the original intent of the
words, there is another significant way in which running a big
government is like frying a small fish: it is very inefficient.

-- Hayward's Unabridged Dictionary



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