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Friday, March 18, 2005

Tax Reform Is a Shell Game

Tax Reform Is a Shell Game

by Rep. Ron Paul

"Lew Rockwell of the Ludwig von Mises Institute offers a very simple test for any tax reform proposal: Does it reduce or eliminate an existing tax? If not, then it amounts to nothing more than a political shell game that pits taxpayers against each other in a lobbying scramble to make sure the other guy pays. True tax reform is as simple as cutting or eliminating taxes. No studies, panels, committees, or hearings are needed. When reform proposals seem complicated, they almost certainly don’t cut taxes."

Read The full article here.

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - "Social Security reform: The missing pieces" by Steve Trinward

Social Security reform: The missing pieces :

"With all the furor about President Bush's proposed 'reform' of the Social[ist] [in]Security system, it is amazing that nobody (on either end of the conventional spectrum, or even in the middle of it) is talking about real solutions. There are some aspects of the proposal that have a little sense to them, but they are all too little -- and too restricted -- to have any real effect on either workers retiring or 'lockboxes' being maintained.

The arguments over how much of a token amount (less than a third) of the FICA deduction, now being taken (starting with the first dollar earned) from every working person's paycheck, should be diverted into an 'individual account' -- provided that that worker matches it with an equal payroll deduction from what little is left -- miss several key issues. There are many aspects of the FICA system, each of which could have major effect toward serious change in all of this, that are apparently not even on the table for discussion."

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Once Again, Democracy Is Not Freedom (and We Are Not the Government)

Once Again, Democracy Is Not Freedom (and We Are Not the Government):

"Let's not forget the simple truth that democracy is not freedom. Thus, the mere fact that many of the Iraqi people voted in a national election does not mean that Iraqis are now free or that they're going to be free in the near future. In fact, given the political and religious beliefs of the Shiite group that garnered the most votes, early indications are exactly the opposite.

"What?" you ask. "How can that be? Democracy is freedom! President Bush and our military leaders tell us so."

Unfortunately, however, it just ain't so. President Bush and the Pentagon are as wrong about freedom and democracy as they were about WMDs in Iraq.

The fact is that democracy is the very worst form of government there is, except for all the rest, as Winston Churchill once pointed out. Its only real advantage, as Ludwig von Mises observed, is that it provides the citizenry with the ability to peacefully change a regime by voting it out of office. To change a totalitarian regime almost always entails violence, such as a revolution.

What ultimately matters with respect to freedom is not so much how a ruler is selected but rather the extent of the ruler's powers once he's installed into office."

Monday, March 14, 2005

The Bill of Rights: Due Process of Law

The Bill of Rights: Due Process of Law: "The Bill of Rights: Due Process of Law

by Jacob G. Hornberger, Posted March 9, 2005

One of the most deeply rooted principles in American jurisprudence is the concept of due process of law, which is enshrined in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: "No person shall . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." "

The Specter of Fascism- by Justin Raimondo

The Specter of Fascism- by Justin Raimondo: "The Specter of Fascism

Before Bush, there was Franklin Delano Roosevelt

by Justin Raimondo

A specter is haunting post-9/11 America - the specter of fascism. Lew Rockwell calls it 'red-state fascism,' former Treasury official and conservative economist Paul Craig Roberts refers to 'the brownshirting of the conservative movement,' and Scott McConnell, editor of The American Conservative, while demurring that the rise of a homegrown authoritarian regime is somewhat problematic, also sees a potential problem and sounds a warning. All these writers, however, pose the threat as emanating exclusively from the American Right: it comes, avers Roberts, from
'Bush's conservative supporters [who] want no debate. They want no facts, no analysis. They want to denounce and demonize the enemies that the Hannitys, Limbaughs, and Savages of talk radio assure them are everywhere at work destroying their great and noble country.'

These aren't conservatives, he argues, they're 'Jacobins determined to use government power to impose their will at home and abroad.' But the original Jacobins, referring to those bloody French revolutionaries who sent thousands to the guillotine and enthroned 'Reason' in the place that the Church had once stood, were men (and women) of the Left. While it may be that a conservative Republican president is leading a systematic assault on what's left of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, his predecessor in this regard was a liberal Democrat by the name of Franklin Delano Roosevelt."

Free Walt Anderson, by Thomas Andrew Olson

Free Walt Anderson, by Thomas Andrew Olson:

"While the $210 million in taxes the government claims is 'owed' by Anderson is touted as the biggest 'tax evasion scam in history', keep in mind that even if they succeed in collection, that money will only enable the federal government to function for about 44 minutes. The US this year will spend more money in 10 minutes than Joseph Strauss spent building the entire Golden Gate Bridge, even adjusted for inflation.

An associate spoke directly with Anderson today, and he claimed to be extremely puzzled about the government's motives, in that he had offered to come in whenever they asked, and thus was completely surprised at being arrested at the end of a long flight. It seems to me from that, that Anderson genuinely believes he did nothing illegal to protect his assets, actions which are virtually identical to what thousands of other wealthy citizens do to protect theirs.

But at the end of the day, it's really not about the money. It's about IRS bureaucrats getting a 'trophy' arrest in time for tax season. "

Bloggers Beware

Bloggers Beware: "Bloggers Beware
by John Samples
John Samples is director of the Center for Representative Government at the Cato Institute and co-editor of The Republican Revolution 10 Years Later: Smaller Government or Business as Usual?
Bloggers were one of the big political successes of the 2004 election. This motley group of opinionated writers used their cyber soapboxes to attack and defend the presidential campaigns and the two major parties. Their websites offered a fresh look at politics and implicitly undermined the Establishment media that so many Americans have come to distrust. In other words, bloggers used freedom of speech to improve American democracy.
Naturally the federal government is about to come down hard on bloggers."