A mantra that has been use by the war apologetic from “left” (ie. Neo-cons in sheep clothing) as in Tom Friedman’s make-belief-world to the real neo-cons explain the forign dictators (most of whom are US backed) with various flavor of this argument: There is no representation without taxation and in oil rich countries the government just drills for oil as oppose to represent its people.
So I was puzzled when in interview with Larry King, President George W Bush says:
"When history looks back, I'd rather be judged as solving problems and being correct, rather than being popular," Bush said.
"The president that chases the opinion poll is the president that will have failed policy,"
I thought taxation meant that people’s opinion does matter. Or do we have taxation without representation here?