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    Friday, January 13, 2006

    New Years Resolution 2006: Post more on my blog.

    Sorry about the lack of posts. It's not that I haven't been reading and forming opinions, it's just that I have very little free time.

    Recent news that I've found interesting:

  • U.S. Border Patrol agents have come under fire twice along the Rio Grande in Texas. . .agents patrolling the area in a launch on Friday came under a volley of gunfire from Mexico. What will it take for us to start holding the Mexican government accountable for what goes on on its side of the border?

  • Gang of youths terrorizes train in France. It's like pulling teeth to get the media to admit that these were African immigrants, and Muslims to boot.

  • Budget Surplus Helps Offset Record Government Spending. We really need to cut back on government spending. The US government should cut all the social engineering programs. They are unconstitutional

  • China has no plan to sell dollar assets, buy oil with foreign exchange reserves. This is good news. The story no one was reporting last week (that should have been front headlines) was that China was going to dump its dollar assets -- which wouldn't be such a big deal for us if we had the national debt under control... which we don't. We really need a FairTax to encourage economic growth in the U.S. and to take away Congress' power to buy votes. Then we can put pressure on them to cut spending.

  • Edward Kennedy Accuses Alito of Being a Bigot. And in so doing, Kennedy demonstrated that he is incapable of forming a logical argument. He commits the division fallacy -- claiming that because a group has a characteristic, all of its constituents also have that characteristic (without taking the intermediate step of proving that it is impossible to be a part of that thing without the said characteristic). Is it unreasonable for me to expect a United States Senator to think logically?
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    Anonymous Scriptor said...

    I too need to start posting more often, I'm probably just being lazy again.

    One thing, the Fairtax is something I do not agree with. Considering the massive amount of money spent every year, there would be two possible outcomes. Either the Federal government is awash with money it doesn't need, which means it will use it for who knows what, or the total amount of goods and services bought will plummet.

    Of course, I may be overlooking something, if there is a fallacy somewhere above, tell me.

    Either way though, it's good to see you back and voicing your opinions again.

    1/13/2006 8:42 PM  

    Blogger The Sovereign Editor said...

    Good to hear from you, Scriptor. If you oppose the FairTax, you should read Aaron Singleton's blog, Leaving Babylon. He has some of the most sophisticated arguments against the FairTax that I've seen. I highly recommend his most recent post on the topic, More On The Fair Tax.

    Let me take this opportunity to reiterate that I only support the FairTax as it is currently proposed -- as a national sales tax only; the enabling legislation of which eliminates all other forms of federal taxation (except maybe import/export duties, which traditionally were the only source of revenue for the federal government).

    Unfortunately, we have Congress-critters, even Republicans, talking about merging a national sales tax with the current income tax to solve budget shortfalls. I have already discussed this. As Aaron points out, there is always the danger of this happening -- but that would not be the FairTax; it would be something different.

    The bottom line is we need to take away Congress' ability to buy votes. Ideally, I would like to take away all taxes and go back to just port duties. Congress will not go for it. They might go for the FairTax since it will likely produce more revenue than our current confiscatory tax scheme. But that will take some doing since going to a flat rate retail sales tax will take a lot of power away from Congress. I would actually like to further limit such a tax to only sales that take place in interstate commerce. Of course, since the feds think that me growing corn on my property and feeding my own animals with it affects interstate commerce, this might not limit it too much.

    In this sense, Aaron is right. Give them an inch and they'll take a mile. We the People seriously need to take them out to the woodshed, give them a good hide tanning, and take away their allowance. I see the FairTax as a first step toward this goal.

    1/14/2006 3:28 AM  

    Blogger David Schantz said...

    I've been a little slow when it comes to posting too. I've been working on a couple of projects, one for my site. I've also been helping my Sister get info for a book she is doing on our family history. To get my vote in the next presidential election the candidate will have to convince me that they are very serious about border security.

    God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

    1/15/2006 6:14 AM  

    Anonymous Scriptor said...

    Just remember, taxes on exports are outlawed by the Constitution. Doing such a thing would severely hamper our already weakening exporting state.

    I would like to see the abolishment of all current tax forms and instead simply, as you already mentioned, duties for using interstate/international ports and airports, a completely flat tax of $1000 a year for all individual citizens (not families, you don't see a whole family casting one vote for all of them) who earn $20k or more a year, and a slightly lower rate for non-citizens (I know that part's a bit hazy, but just so you know, I am improvising this right now). It is higher for citizens since they should benefit from every single freedom the Constitution (not some activist justice) gives.

    To those socialists who say the government can't help people that way, I don't think France's double-digit unemployment means its government is helping its people, forget the riots, they're just a symptom of the whole breakdown of their system of "government".

    1/15/2006 3:51 PM  

    Blogger David Schantz said...

    A national sales tax would be the only fair tax. Wouldn't it be great to wake up and find that there was no longer a government called the IRS. Have you ever seen the movie Harrys War? It's only a movie but it shows what the IRS really is.

    God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

    1/20/2006 9:40 PM  

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