There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus

Of course, Augustus could only spend what was raised. There’s a difference from today, but I’ll leave tax matters for later.

Think too what some Roman emperors — say, Nero or Caligula — could do if they had today’s technology. You won’t have to tretch your imaginations much. There’s a story about White House dossiers. Could it be false or inflated? Sure. But given the hubris of the current Administration there’s not a lot I wouldn’t believe. Makes one almost sentimental for the Nixon administration — itself not opposed to an enemies list — and we have more than three more years of this.

White House keeps dossiers on more than 10,000 ‘political enemies’ (Doug Thompson, Capitol Hill Blue)

Link via Jordon Cooper.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. This is silly. Any saavy politician uses databases to keep track of what opponents say. This is the whole war-room thing and it just gets bigger with bloggers.

    You want to find out about lists, just donate five bucks to a politician. Uses a special middle initial so you can make your name unique. Watch how many lists and mailings you get.

  2. I let your comment go through Bill for the record. Don’t think this is a problem? This isn’t about mailng lists or games membership and development directors play. Your comment makes you look like an idiot.

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