Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Spain’s Recent Election
The Spanish government is following the French solution to terror: appeasement and surrender. It wasn’t enough that the voters voted their own freedoms away to the socialists, the socialist government now will surrender more freedom to terrorists. Softness encourages bullies and terrorists, and freedom once lost is rarely regained. Continue reading Spain’s Terror Solution – Appeasement and Surrender →
Thursday, February 26, 2004
The Federal Government?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s recent actions on censorship demonstrate a tremendous danger to free speech.
Once you start down the path of the government deciding permissible content for radio (or TV, newspapers, or the internet) to air, the country is in very serious trouble. A company such as Clear Channel may decide it doesn?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢t want to air a particular program, but it is entirely different for the government to impose such a decision. Continue reading Federal Government?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s recent actions demonstrate a tremendous danger to free speech →
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
The ?¢‚Ç¨?ìcrisis?¢‚Ç¨¬ù in the U.S. about ?¢‚Ç¨?ìexporting jobs,?¢‚Ç¨¬ù will become a campaign issue. However, the immense impact of the United States?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢ taxation of exports is being ignored.
Politicians will attempt to dismiss the cause as ?¢‚Ç¨?ìgreed?¢‚Ç¨¬ù by corporate interests which requires more laws from Washington. The fact is that the U.S. taxes our own exports to the rest of the world whereas the rest of the world does not do the reverse. According to Ernest Christian, a tax expert based in Washington D.C., the disadvantage to the U.S. is between $120 billion and $150 billion per year. Think about that number. Continue reading Out-sourcing Jobs? What about the causes? →
A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.–G. Gordon LiddyA government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. –George Bernard ShawForeign aid might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. –Douglas Casey (1992)Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. –P.J. O’RourkeGovernment is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. –Frederic BastiatGovernment’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. — Ronald Reagan (1986)I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the acts. –Will RogersIf you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free. –P.J. O’RourkeJust because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you. –Pericles (430 B.C.)No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. –Mark Twain (1866)Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. –Mark TwainTalk is cheap-except when Congress does it. The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. –Ronald ReaganThe inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. -Winston ChurchillThe only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. –Mark TwainWe contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.–Winston ChurchillWhat this country needs are more unemployed politicians. –Edward Langley
January 10, 2004
In response to Wesley Clark’s “Real Tax Reform” article in the Wall Street Journal of January 9, 2004 calling for more “fairness” in the tax code and the AMT, at least we now know exactly where Wesley Clark stands on equality: As long as the minority is a small enough voting block, it is ok for the majority to force them to pay for whatever that majority wants. So much for the goal of equality under the law. Continue reading Wesley Clark’s Tax Reform ‘Fairness’ →
Who’s life is it?
[December 22, 2003, first published on court.com]
To the editors, Reader’s Digest (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are writing regarding the “Wouldn’t It Be Great If…” article in the January 2004 Reader’s Digest (published mid-December 2003) which suggests forcing people to give a year of their lives to the government. The author writes, “Think of everything they could accomplish.” If forcing people to give a year of their life to serve the government can accomplish so much and is such a good idea, why not make it 10 or 20? Even 30 or 40? Continue reading Who’s Life is it? The Government’s, according to Reader’s Digest →
Experience [has] shown that, even under the best forms [of government],those entrusted with power have, in time and by slow operations, pervertedit into tyranny. Thomas Jefferson
Observe that any social movement which begins by redistributing income,ends up by distributing sacrifices. –Ayn Rand
Most of the presidential candidates’ economic packages involve ‘tax breaks,’which is when the government, amid great fanfare, generously decides notto take quite so much of your income. In other words, these candidates aretrying to buy your votes with your own money.–Dave Barry (1992)
Small men seeking great wealth or power have too often and too long turnedeven the highest levels of public service into mere personal opportunity. Senator Barry Goldwater, 1964
[Taxation is legal plunder] if the law benefits one citizen at theexpense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do withoutcommitting a crime. –Frederic Bastiat
Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain – and sincelabor is pain in itself – it follows that man will resort to plunderwhenever plunder is easier than work. History shows this quite clearly.And under these conditions, neither religion nor morality can stop it.It is evident, then, that the proper law (government) is to use thepower of its collective force to stop this fatal tendency to plunderinstead of work. All the measures of the law should protect propertyand punish plunder. –Frederic Bastiat
In our America, most people still believed in the power of a better tomorrow. So together, we got the government off the backs of the American people. Wecreated millions of new jobs for Americans at all income levels. We cut taxesand freed the people from the shackles of too much government. As a result,the economy burst loose in the longest peacetime expansion ever. We broughtAmerica back — bigger and better than ever.– Ronald Reagan (1986), in Growth, Opportunity, Prosperity: Setting the Record Straight on the 80s
The income-tax return has made more liars out of Americans thanthe golf scorecard.–Will Rogers
Look at the United States. There is no country in the world where thelaw is kept more within its proper domain: the protection of everyperson’s liberty and property. –Frederic Bastiat, commenting on the United States of the past.
“The greatest good for the greatest number.”… Every dictator whoever lived has justified the enslavement of his people on the theory ofwhat was good for the majority.- Ronald ReaganIf you think health care is expensive now, wait until yousee what it costs when it’s free.. –P.J. O’Rourke
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the firstthings to be bought and sold are legislators. –P.J. O’Rourke
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politicswon’t take an interest in you. –Pericles (430 B.C.)
Prohibition only drives drunkenness behind doors and into dark places,and does not cure it, or even diminish it. –Mark Twain (1866)
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.But I repeat myself. –Mark Twain
Talk is cheap-except when Congress does it. The government is like a baby’salimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility atthe other. –Ronald Reagan
There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.–Mark TwainThe income tax is clearly an immoral tax. It basically says that aperson’s productive capacity belongs to the state, and [the state] willdecide how much of what he earns he can keep. David Kelley
Forgiveness is the ornament of the brave.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790 (This sentence was much used in the Revolutionary period. It occurs even so early as November, 1755, in an answer by the Assembly of Pennsylvania to the Governor, and forms the motto of Franklin’s ‘Historical Review,’ 1759, appearing also in the body of the work. –Frothingham: Rise of the Republic of the United States, p. 413.)
There is no conflict between liberty and safety. We will have both or neither. Ramsey Clark
The man who has nothing which he cares about more than his personal safety is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. Ronald Reagan, Jan 25, 1974
Mr. Speaker, what, then, is the answer to the question: ‘Is America a Police State?’ My answer is: ‘Maybe not yet, but it is fast approaching.’ The seeds have been sown and many of our basic protections against tyranny have been and are constantly being undermined. The post-9/11 atmosphere here in Congress has provided ample excuse to concentrate on safety at the expense of liberty, failing to recognize that we cannot have one without the other. Ron Paul June 27, 2002 (Rep, R- Texas)
Free people or “free” stuff, that is the choice. Freedom or slavery; because in reality there is no “free stuff” you are just forcing someone to work for you and provide it for you without being paid for the portion of their life that you are taking. The enslavement of one for the benefit of another.