RANT: Time for the USA to apply the PNG paddle to diplomats

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.260c2246a5c77075ff7ab46b021e9239.371&show_article=1

Iran ‘stoning woman’ to be lashed over photo: son
Sep 4 01:08 PM US/Eastern

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Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, has also been sentenced to 99 lashes for a photo published of her without a headscarf, according to her son.

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Clearly, we have to stand up morally for the rights of this oman, and all women. The greatest power we have is “ostracism”. We turn our backs on those that are immoral and shun them. So, we have to declare a diplomat persona non grata and send them home. We should identify any one in the Iranian Gooferment, PNG them should they show up at our porous borders looking for some “fun”, and finally Congress should pass a “marque and reprisal” on them. Basically saying we won’t prosecute or extradite anyone who takes action against these folks.

We should urge the Brits, French, Germans, and Swiss to do the same. Let’s see how these “big men” enjoy a little “adult time out”!

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RANT: “benefits” make serfs of us all

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

http://www.lewrockwell.com/williams-w/w-williams49.1.html

Something for Nothing
by Walter E. Williams

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Nonwage benefits turn out to be good for the employee because, for the most part, he pays no taxes on them. In other words, if the employer paid the worker the cash value of, say, health insurance as wages, the worker would have to pay income taxes on it and then go out and buy health insurance.

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My take on it is that this was a Faustian deal with the devil.

Early recipients did benefit. Later ones didn’t. So we can’t talk about the “worker” since there are differences over time in the population so labeled.

The mere monetary gain from a tax free “benefit” is far outweighed by the inability to keep those “benefits” when out of work. And, one has to wonder about all the bankruptcies caused by the loss of benefits. All from not be able to buy medical insurance on the open market that would be portable. Without FDR’s wage and price controls, and the bizarre court decision saying it wasn’t income, we’d be buying “health insurance” like we do life, car, or homeowners. We’d have entities like credit unions to amalgamate risks into pools.

Argh!

And, we’d have freedom and liberty from politicians and bureaucrats!

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