"Always remember the difference between economic power and political power: You can refuse to hire someone's services or buy his products in the private sector and go somewhere else instead. In the public sector, though, if you refuse to accept a politician's or bureaucrat's product or services you go to jail. Ultimately, after all, all regulations are observed and all taxes are paid at gunpoint. I believe those few who can't even see that have been short-sighted sheep, and I suggest they learn how to think conceptually, develop consistency and grasp principles soon."
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Rick Gaber
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Selfishness vs. "Selfishness"
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 -- J Allen, Arlington, Va      
I doubt that our public schools are teaching any one to "think conceptually" or to even think at all.
 -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Government taxation fair and square will not be grudged by the citizens .. nor will the pro-rich concessions and an inconsiderate burden on the lower income groups be tolerated. Apathy of the citizens at confronting the supposedly 'high handed government' is the main cause of worse and worst administrations.
     -- vedapushpa, Bangalore - India     
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    (-; I like it a lot ;-) The founding concept was, only God could make laws and, the individual sovereign's representatives were to enable defining codes, ordinances, regulations, rules, statutes, etc. to best harmonize with those laws by protecting unalienable rights, life, liberty, and property. Only those definitions (anti-'law' and injustice by carnal man's despotism and tyranny) contrary to the law of nature and of Nature's God need be enforced at the end of a gun.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    "all regulations are observed and all taxes are paid at gunpoint."...which is why they don't want YOU to have one.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    "Ultimately, after all, all regulations are observed and all taxes are paid at gunpoint." Is this not too much to be considered seriously -- as most superficially acceptable, all-encompassing arguments turn out to be? Gaber's observation fails miserably on merest examination. What about taxes that are democratically self-imposed, like school millages, rural provisions for volunteer fire department equipment and local library support? What about restaurant regulations that standardize hygiene minimums or the practical, universal observation of traffic control signals and regulations? Perhaps our compliant acceptance of these 'limitations' on freedom are in truth an evolution of understanding, and better yet, practice. An understanding that balance for the whole can indeed elevate the day-to-day condition of the sole. Is not chaos the alternative? What kind of intelligent choice is that?
     -- Mann, Kalamazoo     
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    Well stated! Perfect!
     -- Abigail, Newport     
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    Mann, your lack of understanding of what law, freedom, and the limitations thereof are, are very typical of government school propaganda. First, above all forms of government, the founders detested the tyranny of democracy. You can self impose upon yourself all you want but, you can not impose on another's life, liberty, property or unalienable rights. Most restaurant regulations that standardize hygiene fall within protection of individual life and are lawful. A recent study in England showed that traffic signals in extremely heavily traveled intersections slowed traffic with a higher rate of accidents (as compared to when yield signs only were put up) A traffic signal is lawful only when it determines right of way between multiple individuals entering the intersection at the same time. The order of law is there recognized with no liberty limitation. When there is only one individual at a traffic light and it stops the free orderly progress of the individual, it is an unlawful tyrannous purveyance. Your choice between balance and chaos is a false dichotomy. To refuse to accept a politician's or bureaucrat's product or services (by way of example, prohibition, license, etc.), by definition unlawful, is a liberating intelligent choice.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Bureaucrats are just a front for the board room corporatist's. Many US companies don't pay taxes and many only pay a very little. 70% of our taxes pays for our military machine. We need to stop the way we do business, we need to have a total reform from the current system.
     -- RBESRQ     
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    I think Mann doesn't get that ultimately Government decree's are enforced at gun point...that's why people have to obey, and that's why the Government (Hillary) wants to disarm us.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Cultivate Virtue.

    Freedom will follow.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    If it's voluntary, it is not a tax. If it is by consent, it is not a tax. If it is by mutual agreement, not a dictate to another, it is not a tax.

    Note that in order to raise money above and beyond what the government collected in taxes, the government would issue 'treasury bonds' at interest to get people and companies to 'invest in their government' -- backed by the full faith and credit of the United States. But when the people did not support the government's efforts, they could withhold buying bonds.

    To get around this pesky obstacle, the bankers figured out a way to force the purchase of government bonds -- by simply replacing the current gold money supply with the bonds themselves.

    The money supply was replaced (stolen) and now if we don't buy the bonds, the Federal Reserve will. And all US banks need these bonds as their reserves to even do business.

    It's all about money now. The US government is a bank that is in debt to private central banks which actually hold the gold (and all property), the debts, and the exclusive issuing power of the world's currencies.

    Taxes are merely to regulate the people, protect corporate monopolies, political power, central banks, and wage war against any and all who resist.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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