Having just returned from *The Patriot* reminds me of a question I'd like answered: What does the ratio of taxation to GDP look like pre- and post- American Revolution? Spending:GDP? My sense is there was no change, or it actually rose (the British were subsidizing U.S. defense). Anyone know the data? -- Prof. Bryan Caplan [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://www.gmu.edu/departments/economics/bcaplan "What a lot of trouble to prove in political economy that two and two make four; and if you succeed in doing so, people cry, 'It is so clear that it is boring.' Then they vote as if you had never proved anything at all." --Frederic Bastiat, "What Is Seen and What is Not Seen"