Federal stimulus might better have been limited to food stamps. Money then would have empowered a hungry individual rather than a political favorite. Costs to government would have been minimized as individuals and the economy were empowered.
But a sure sign that a program might work for the least among us is that it must be cut. It is biblical that to those that have, more will be given; but to those that do not have, even that will be taken. Though government has replaced God in the eyes of many, this remains the honest-to-God truth.
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly may pretend to take on the tax man. But he is not likely to bite too deeply the hand that feeds him. He is a welfare recipient as all Americans are. Taxation continues because each American hopes that others will suffer greater taxation. Thus the competition for deductions known as tax avoidance—all perfectly legal. Legal too are the subsidies that are funded by the legal theft that is taxation.
The House has nearly unanimously passed a bill to cut Iran’s oil export by a million barrels a day. This was done, of course, without Iran’s vote. An Iranian congressional delegation in Washington would not likely have voted to cut its oil exports. That being the case, it would have been more democratic if the House of Representatives had postponed the vote until Iran followed Alaska and Hawaii into statehood in the United States of America.
The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister had a point in saying that additional sanctions are meant to strangle Iran economically rather than to solve the problem of nuclear non-proliferation. Though the US has signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty, it has apparently forgotten it. A goal of the NPT was the achievement of general nuclear disarmament. Both Iran and the US have ratified the NPT which gives both countries the right to pursue the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Iran, though, is not pursuing nuclear weapons but the US is maintaining and modernizing its nuclear weapons arsenal in defiance of the NPT. This could be a stumbling stone to Iranian statehood since Iran does not support nuclear weapons.
Taxpayers tend to resist the taxing power of the federal government. During war which is one of government’s favorite pastimes, government borrows because too much taxation would start another war on the home front. But tax or borrow, war is good for growing government.
Government set us up for our formal 1917 entry into World War I with a one-two punch in 1913 preceding the 1914 beginning of the war to begin all wars; hitting us with both the federal income tax and the Federal Reserve. Since then we have waged war and wooed welfare with youthful abandon. Now we are aging with debts coming due. The Fed, liberal lender of last resort, is funding the financial sector with funny money to buy us more time . But time may be running out if new generations resort to revolution as called for by Thomas Jefferson.
If the payroll tax holiday was a way to create jobs, then why not eliminate the payroll tax? The poor would be paid in full and have more to spend. They would also become more employable because of lower labor costs.
Health care funded by the payroll tax could be funded in other ways. For example, we could divert defense spending into spending for health care in this nation. Instead we offensively spend defense money destroying the health of much poorer people in foreign lands.
Likewise, social security could be funded in part by diverting most of the spending on national security into social security. Of course, this implies a willingness to interact in a social rather than an offensive way with the destitute of the world.
Gogebic Taconite is committing armed robbery but Iron and Ashland County sheriffs are stopped from using the power of arrest by a technicality: armed robbery of natural resources is legal. The State of Wisconsin has decreed that GTAC shall pay no royalty on the taconite ore. Thus mining has become a legitimate robbery of the king’s land or in revolutionary America’s case, the people’s land. Gogebic Taconite’s use of guards with semi-automatic weapons has the effect of publicizing this theft as the legitimate armed robbery that it is.
To be fair, GTAC is also in line to become a victim of armed robbery by the state. Wisconsin will tax the profit of mining with a net proceeds tax. This immoral theft of earnings is facilitated through the monopoly on the use of force that the state possesses.