’cause they need action, dammit! And nothing says action like a bunch of fat-assed bureaucrats talking a lot. Surprisingly (or not), it never occurred to these “leaders” that maybe folks don’t want the Brussels Gang stealing taxing their hard work and making it impossible to just do your job without some kind of regulation in the way.

Just as an example, the size of the US economy is roughly $12-13 trillion dollars. The underground market is about $2 trillion. When the black market is 17% of your economic activity, there’s a problem, and it ain’t the criminals. The European Union economic zone does about $16 trillion in legitimate business, with $2-3 trillion in off-the-books economic activity.