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Now there's a metaphor!

I've always thought it was unnatural, perhaps even impossible, for governments to shrink in size rather than grow. As the money flows in, politicians and bureaucrats look for self-aggrandizing ways to spend it, which creates more little fiefdoms full of ambitious people looking to make their mark. And then one day someone looks at the figures and -- whoops! They need some more money! Then they raise taxes and the cycle continues. But of course it can't go on forever.

Maverick Finnish politician is an EU skeptic and provides the perfect visual metaphor for this process:

It may be good if the EU gets so big that it can no longer function -- it will be like a rat with its hypothalamus removed, who keeps eating until it explodes.


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