Glenn Jacobs

More About: Economy - Economics USA

The New Anchor Store

Yesterday afternoon, I visited one of Knoxville's two shopping malls--the downscale one on the east side of town.  It had been months since I'd been in this mall; since then it has lost its Dillards department store, one of its anchor stores.  Fully a quarter of the storefronts were closed, with more on a limited schedule. 

But there was one place where business was booming...the county government has opened a branch office in the mall.  The line of people waiting to pay property taxes and have their licenses renewed was out the door. 

Above the entry to the office, a sign proudly proclaimed "Bringing Government to the People".  Hmmm, I thought "we are the government", or at least that's what we are always told.  Just like the real stores in the mall, the government relies on slick marketing to "sell" its product.

It strikes me that this a microcosm of the American economy.  While the rest of us suffer from the boom and bust that the government has caused, the government is there to pick through the bones.

Government--the anchor store of the new economy.

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.--H. L. Mencken

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