Which would you imagine might attract more aggressive enforcement from the Justice Department: the theft of $1.2 billion from supposedly segregated customer brokerage funds, or lying about an alleged incident of whistling to attract the attention of a whale so that whale watchers could get a better peep? If you said the latter, then you appreciate the extent to which federal law enforcement priorities have run off the rails.
Yet another reminder that the government is not our friend. As Jefferson famously said,
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.
It’s interesting how many people use the phrase “Jeffersonian democracy” but don’t know anything about what he stood for. By todays standards he’s a radical libertarian, who also said:
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Would any politicians today stand up and say the same thing?
Oh, and if you’re wondering about the whale watcher, they face up to 20 years in jail.