Count the Cost of (Lack of) Freedom


Britain's House of Lords does one good for us peasants everywhere, with a demand that the British home secretary give a detailed report to parliament on how much its proposed I.D. card scheme will cost–and, no, really, how much it will actually cost. A wonderful principle, and if applied across the board to democratic governments everywhere, one that could prevent all sorts of mischief. For example, how many Americans, congressman or layman, really think Iraq is worth $2 trillion?