The language of Big Government: 'Leakage' is what the rest of us survive on. 

In yesterday's Washington Post, District of Columbia CFO Natwar Ghandi absurdly complains about taxpayers' property tax appeals, which have lowered assessments for thousands of D.C. residents in the current climate of falling real estate values:

"The amount of money we are losing is of great concern," Gandhi said. "When dollars are scarce, you're looking for leakages in the system, and this is a major leakage."

Uh, yeah -- that's called "Hey, Mr. City Bureaucrat, you're not living high off the hog based on inflated property values any more."

Seriously, you'd think property owners exist solely in order to fund the District government. Isn't that precisely backwards? Isn't that the same attitute, within the federal government, that has spawned an entire tea party protest movement?

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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