In my book I spend an entire chapter talking about The Weasel Tax – the high cost all of us often unwittingly pay because of Weasels. The Weasel Tax is broken down into several catagories, including:
- Weasel preventative costs. The high prices we pay for insurance, security, law enforcement, excessive attorney fees and extreme contracts needed to protect ourselves from the greedy rodents, special Weasel-proof construction, expensive governmental agencies aimed solely at Weasels, firewalls and virus protection software, big bumpers to protect us from drunk Weasels, rubber gloves, the list goes on and on……
- Weasel elimination and isolation costs. Jails, payoffs for silly lawsuits, penicillin, salaries for worthless Weasels you would like to fire but can’t due to fear of litigation, and so on.
- Weasel theft costs.
- Weasel loss of productivity costs.
- Higher social costs due to Weasels.
- The Weasel emotional tax.
Though all the above is impossible to fully quantify, in the book I was able to put some dollar amounts against the Weasel tax, and my guess is that with if we were to launch a successful American Anti-Weasel campaign, we would not only all live happier lives, but we could see an across the board 15-20% reduction in taxes and an enormous increase in productivity.
So, do your part and expose a weasel in your life. The best submission wins a video iPod every month.
Is it crazy to even contemplate a Weasel-free society? Probably. We will never fully eliminate them. But, I would make the case that a major educational long term initiative to build better citizens is the best investment we could make.