NEWJERSEY: The new guv was honest; wrong but no surprises

Sunday, January 21, 2018

https://nypost.com/2018/01/20/jerseys-new-gov-charts-all-too-familiar-course-to-disaster/

OPINION
EDITORIAL
Jersey’s new gov charts all-too-familiar course to disaster
By Post Editorial Board
January 20, 2018 | 10:20pm

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New Jersey’s new Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, wants to move his state back to the future — or, more accurately, to the past.

The dismal past, that is, of such predecessors as Jim Florio, Jim McGreevey and Jon Corzine — who unleashed the fiscal woes that have left the Garden State’s economy in tatters and its taxes sky-high.

That’s the takeaway from Murphy’s inaugural address last week, with his vow to produce “the state that leads the nation in progressive policies” and a laundry list of hard-left priorities that surely thrilled the hearts of every Democratic activist and public-union leader in the house.

He promised pot legalization, a $15 minimum wage, “equal pay for equal work” laws, automatic and same-day voter registration, a new state Office of Immigrant Defensive Protection, action to make the rich “pay their fair share in taxes” and, of course, resolution to “stand our ground” resisting President Trump.

(It’ll be interesting to see how he squares that with asking Washington for help funding new Hudson River rail tunnels.)

Among the things Murphy never did mention were answers for the state’s ongoing crises — like pension reform, lowering property taxes, cutting state spending or making Jersey more business-friendly.

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Well, he did campaign on “rising taxes”. So, the inmates of the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee can’t complain that he “lied”.

The question is how long before he runs out of “OPM” (other people’s money).

I expect that those evil “rich” people and businesses will “abandon ship” as quickly as humanly possible.

Connecticut and Maryland are the poster states for the “wealth escape”.

Why should Nu Jerzee be any different? We can only hope that a tax like the infamous toilet paper one wakes everyone up … … quickly.

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Never trust a Democrat with your gun rights.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2018/01/15/gun-control-tops-new-virginia-governors-agenda/

Gun Control Tops New Virginia Governor’s Agenda
Posted at 12:00 pm on January 15, 2018 by Tom Knighton

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If you’re shocked by this, you shouldn’t be. This is exactly what Democrats want with every win. They desperately want to restrict your right to keep and bear arms. Their reasons vary from person to person, but they all ultimately mean restricting law-abiding citizens’ ability to defend themselves from predators.

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Never trust a Democrat with your gun rights.

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I don’t know why anyone would not be a one-issue “gun rights” voter.

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FUN: Now I have a descriptive name

Saturday, January 20, 2018

NewImage

That’s me. But it’s not “mine”; if it was, I’d fix it.

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POLITICAL: A great slam on Google and discrimination

Friday, January 19, 2018

https://youtu.be/3dTpCnZ7AR8

This Week in Stupid (14/01/2018)

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A great explanation of the Google discrimination suit!

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INOVATION: “Wall Bonds” to build “the Wall”?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle956-20180114-02.html

All About The Wall 
by L. Neil Smith 
lneil@netzero.com
Attribute to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

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If it were up to me, the proposed Mexican border Wall would be a straightforward replica of the Great Wall of China, at least thirty feet high, with crenelated “rails” or battlements, and wide enough that a pair of chariots (or tanks) could pass each other along the top. It would be a lot cheaper to cast in place out of reinforced concrete than it was for the ancient Chinese, building one brick at a time. I would let the “beautiful giant doors” Trump wants to set in the Wall become the seeds of new Southwestern communities, new cities on both sides of the border, with shops and restaurants and museums and other features that will help both countries pay for the attraction. Plans I’ve seen and approve of include two sets of high-speed monorail tracks along the top of the Wall, for vehicles going both ways. Initially, they will be for construction and maintenance. Eventually, the planners want excursion and sight-seeing trains—with bullet-proof glass—for tourists taking the 2700-mile trip from Southern California to Southern Texas. I’m ready to go, right now.

Anything less than a real Wall speaks dismally of a lack of cultural resolve. It also doesn’t do the Donald any good at the polls. Loose talk that there will be gaps where mountains and rivers will help form a “natural barrier” is half-hearted crap. Mountains and rivers won’t impede the hardy, intrepid people tradition calls “wetbacks”. Either America has got its skyscraper-building, dam-building, bridge-building, highway-building, space-station-building, Lunar colony-building cojones back or it has not. Mountains and rivers never stopped the ancient Chinese wall-builders, and the border monorail needs to be continuous to attract the dollars and pesos and pounds and euros and rubles and yen and yuan, etc. A really great Wall could bring people together.

How to pay for it initially? Two words: Wall Bonds. A tax on money being sent south by immigrants, illegal and otherwise, could begin paying them off. Millions of tourists from all over the world eager to enjoy one aspect or another of the Wall (including one hell of a train ride) will keep the money flowing. I don’t know about you, but I’d invest.

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I like the idea of making it a tourist attraction.

I’d buy one just to see the damned thing. Like the Great Wall of China or the Pyramids.

Seriously!

(No one ever said I had to be consistent. And I like this idea about it. Make it useful.)

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RANT: “The refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union”

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/16/dhs-asks-prosecutors-charge-sanctuary-city-leaders/

Homeland Security pursues charges against leaders of sanctuary cities
By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times – Updated: 8:03 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed Tuesday that her department has asked federal prosecutors to see if they can lodge criminal charges against sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation efforts.

“The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available,” Ms. Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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If the States are “supreme” — thinking about the Tenth Amendment, then how can the Federal Gooferment prosecute the mayors of sanctuary cities?

I don’t think that “State’s Rights” will permit that. “The refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union” was the remedy prescribed by James Madison.

If the State’s governor supports the mayor, then “civil disobedience” will NULLIFY Unconstitutional Federal diktats.

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LIBERTARIAN: Lysander Spooner “critique of taxation”

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/quotable-lysander-spooner

JAN 12, 2018
The Quotable Lysander Spooner
by George H. Smith  
Smith discusses Spooner’s critique of taxation.

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so let’s let Spooner speak for himself.  

It is true that the theory of our Constitution is, that all taxes are paid voluntarily; that our government is a mutual insurance company, voluntarily entered into by the people with each other; that each man makes a free and purely voluntary contract with all others who are parties to the Constitution, to pay so much money for so much protection, the same as he does with any other insurance company; and that he is just as free not to be protected, and not to pay any tax, as he is to pay a tax, and be protected.

But this theory of our government is wholly different from the practical fact. The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: Your money, or your life. And many, if not most, taxes are paid under the compulsion of that threat.

The government does not, indeed, waylay a man in a lonely place, spring upon him from the road side, and, holding a pistol Edition: current; Page: to his head, proceed to rifle his pockets. But the robbery is none the less a robbery on that account; and it is far more dastardly and shameful.

The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. He does not pretend that he has any rightful claim to your money, or that he intends to use it for your own benefit. He does not pretend to be anything but a robber. He has not acquired impudence enough to profess to be merely a “protector,” and that he takes men’s money against their will, merely to enable him to “protect” those infatuated travellers, who feel perfectly able to protect themselves, or do not appreciate his peculiar system of protection. He is too sensible a man to make such professions as these.

Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you, as you wish him to do. He does not persist in following you on the road, against your will; assuming to be your rightful “sovereign,” on account of the “protection” he affords you. He does not keep “protecting” you, by commanding you to bow down and serve him; by requiring you to do this, and forbidding you to do that; by robbing you of more money as often as he finds it for his interest or pleasure to do so; and by branding you as a rebel, a traitor, and an enemy to your country, and shooting you down without mercy, if you dispute his authority, or resist his demands. He is too much of a gentleman to be guilty of such impostures, and insults, and villanies as these.

In short, he does not, in addition to robbing you, attempt to make you either his dupe or his slave.

Spooner continued his analysis as follows:

The proceedings of those robbers and murderers, who call themselves “the government,” are directly the opposite of these of the single highwayman.

In the first place, they do not, like him, make themselves individually known; or, consequently, take upon themselves personally the responsibility of their acts. On the contrary, they secretly (by secret ballot) designate some one of their number to commit the robbery in their behalf, while they keep themselves practically concealed. They say to the person thus designated:

“Go to A— B—, and say to him that “the government” has need of money to meet the expenses of protecting him and his property. If he presumes to say that he has never contracted with us to protect him, and that he wants none of our protection, say to him that that is our business, and not his; that we choose to protect him, whether he desires us to do so or not; and that we demand pay, too, for protecting him. If he dares to inquire who the individuals are, who have thus taken upon themselves the title of “the government,” and who assume to protect him, and demand payment of him, without his having ever made any contract with them, say to him that that, too, is our business, and not his; that we do not choose to make ourselves individually known to him; that we have secretly (by secret ballot) appointed you our agent to give him notice of our demands, and, if he complies with them, to give him, in our name, a receipt that will protect him against any similar demand for the present year. If he refuses to comply, seize and sell enough of his property to pay not only our demands, but all your own expenses and trouble beside. If he resists the seizure of his property, call upon the bystanders to help you (doubtless some of them will prove to be members of our band). If, in defending his property, he should kill any of our band who are assisting you, capture him at all hazards; charge him (in one of our courts) with murder, convict him, and hang him. If he should call upon his neighbors, or any others who, like him, may be disposed to resist our demands, and they should come in large numbers to his assistance, cry out that they are all rebels and traitors; that “our country” is in danger; call upon the commander of our hired murderers; tell him to quell the rebellion and “save the country,” cost what it may. Tell him to kill all who resist, though they should be hundreds of thousands and thus strike terror into all others similarly disposed. See that the work of murder is thoroughly done, that we may have no further trouble of this kind hereafter. When these traitors shall have thus been taught our strength and our determination, they will be good loyal citizens for many years, and pay their taxes without a why or a wherefore.

It is under such compulsion as this that taxes, so called, are paid. And how much proof the payment of taxes affords, that the people consent to support “the government,” it needs no further argument to show.

If a better critique of taxation has ever been written, I have yet to see it.

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I agree “taxes are theft”.

I don’t understand why people don’t see it? 

Have “We, The Sheeple” been so brainwashed by the Gooferment Skrules — another unConstitutional abomination — that they would be unrecognizable by the Dead Old White Guys?

Sigh!

The the current 20T+ national debt and the guesstimated 300T+ in unfunded liabilities that our posterity will have to deal with will be their wake up call. And, how they will curse us!

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