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Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by slideglider, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. slideglider

    slideglider PDX Member

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    http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2010/02/sheep-shearing-season-on-revenue-ranch.html

    Thursday, February 25, 2010
    Sheep-Shearing Season on the Revenue Ranch


    During the most recent Federal Reserve-engineered economic bubble, state and local governments made extravagant promises to their tax-feeder constituencies regarding pensions and other benefits. Now that the bubble has burst, sales and property taxes -- once a mighty, roaring river of revenue -- have been reduced to a thin, pathetic trickle.


    This comes at a time when, as the New York Times reports, there is "a $1 trillion gap between what all 50 states have promised their workers [sic -- a more accurate description is "employees"] and what they have set aside."


    As the economic crisis deepens, how will state and municipal governments continue to provide for their most cherished constituency -- those who live by plundering the productive?


    Wendy McElroy highlights one approach being pioneered by the town of Tracey, California: The city will now impose a surcharge on emergency services that have already been paid for through taxes. Residents of that city will be charged $300 for the fire department to respond to a medical emergency; non-residents will be billed $400 for the same service. There is the option of paying an annual $48 fee for "premium" 911 service.


    Note carefully that this is not privatization. Taxes will still be extracted, but tax victims will now have the privilege of paying twice for the same services. If you're a Tracey resident and see someone having a heart attack, McElroy wryly comments, "you should quickly set a trash bin on fire. Otherwise, by calling for help, your monthly budget may not stretch to include mortgage or food." Tracey's political class simpers that the city government is running a $9 million budget deficit. Interestingly, that is exactly the amount spent each year on employee pensions.



    Rather than renegotiating those benefits, the city government is putting the screws to economically burdened tax victims, and doing so in a way that is going to cost the lives of some of them. "Forget that phone bills already include a charge to cover 911," continues McElroy. "Forget that property taxes already assist with those costs. The politicos don't care. They want your money. And they will let people die -- many of them elderly poor -- rather than deliver services for which they have already been paid."


    In other jurisdictions, the wealth-devouring class is resorting to other potentially lethal revenue enhancement strategies. Before examining the specifics, two principles should be kept in mind.


    First, government -- unlike private entities that offer goods or services in exchange for revenue -- engages in pure consumption. As a result, all sources of government revenue involve destruction of wealth, rather than mutually beneficial commerce that enhances both parties.


    Second, everything government does to obtain revenue contains an implicit death threat. Anyone who resists or refuses the demand for revenue with sufficient tenacity will find himself on the receiving end of an explicit threat made by an armed stranger in a government-issued costume.



    A gathering of statist shearers: Maryland State Police and personnel from the St. Mary's County assemble before carrying out "Operation Most Wanted Weekend," a 2008 exercise in "taxation by citation."




    Those principles provide the proper context to examine the tactics employed by various municipal and state governments to conduct what former Sheriff Richard Mack perceptively describes as "taxation through citation."



    To put the matter bluntly, police -- the self-described "Sheepdogs" -- aren't here to protect the flock, but rather to make sure that we're securely penned in when it's sheep-shearing season.



    During the penultimate weekend of February, police in Minneapolis-St. Paul Minnesota conducted an elaborate and lucrative sting to enforce the state's primary seat belt law.


    Officers disguised as homeless people were dispatched to harass drivers at a busy intersection: The "homeless" people -- most likely in violation of traffic ordinances, certainly in violation of the 4th Amendment and Minnesota's state equivalent -- would peer into cars and then radio ahead to their cohorts in officially sanctioned crime, who would hand each "offender" an extortion note (more commonly called a "traffic ticket").


    Dave Kvam, the deputy police chief of Maplewood (a suburb of St. Paul), insists that the multi-departmental racket was a justifiable exercise. After all, he told local reporter Ruben Rosario, "police have received numerous complaints of panhandling, and he believes the seat-belt law is a good one and should be enforced" -- by, among other things, having police violate ordinances against panhandling. That parallel is a bit unfair: Although panhandlers may be obnoxious, even the most tenacious of them couldn't get away with demanding money at gunpoint, as Kvam's fellow street criminals did during the seat-belt ambush.


    Each victim would typically be mulcted $25 for declining to wear seat belts, coupled with a $75 "petty misdemeanor surcharge fee" -- which is essentially a tax inflicted on people for refusing to obey a spurious enactment the tax-absorbing class calls a "law" -- plus an additional $8 kickback to the state crime bosses in St. Paul (who had already been given a $3.5 million federal bribe to enact the primary seat-belt "law" in the first place). At least 122 citations were handed out in a space of three and a half hours.


    As Rosario points out, the homeless ruse has been used not only in Minnesota but also "in Houston and a few other jurisdictions." (As we will discuss anon, Houston is also the scene of another creative effort to harvest revenue from the plebes.) As the economy sickens and street people become a more visible presence, it's quite likely their numbers will frequently include predatory, revenue-hungry police.


    The tax-extracting class afflicting Texas will celebrate the beginning of March with the fourth annual "Warrant Roundup," a yearly event in which police fan out to shakedown or imprison anyone with unpaid citations of any kind. This includes not only traffic tickets, but also fines for violating any of the myriad morally unsupportable but lucrative provisions in state and municipal building, planning, zoning, and safety codes.

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    The armed revenue farmers presented in this film clip were on their best behavior, of course. They weren't shown banging on the door of some underpaid, overburdened private citizen at or before daybreak, demanding money and dragging away in handcuffs those who couldn't pay. They weren't shown barging into classrooms or workplaces to present the same demands and inflict public humiliation on those not capable of complying with them.


    All of this does occur during warrant roundups, however -- a fact prominently mentioned in official pronouncements, if played down, for propaganda purposes, by government-aligned stenographers in the local media.



    At the risk of culpable redundancy, I make the point once again: All of this is done for the purpose of collecting revenue on behalf of the political class, not to serve or protect the productive public. This is made quite clear by the opening lines of a Houston Chronicle account of a "warrant roundup" conducted last August: "Nearly 2 million warrants worth more than $340 million are outstanding in the Houston area, and in most cases they're not for hard-core criminals. They're for average citizens who haven't settled minor traffic and ordinance citations."


    Revenue farmer in the rear-view: No good can come from this.



    Of the eight people listed as "Houston's Most Wanted" during the round-up -- people who had at least 100 outstanding warrants -- four were cited for the apparently grievous offense of “failure to securely attach a tax permit to a coin-operated machine.” Other grievous offenses committed by that band of shameless rogues include failure “to conspicuously post at every entrance a sign stating smoking is prohibited,” and “having no hand-washing sign in a bathroom used by employees.”


    How can Houstonians sleep peacefully in their beds knowing that such marauders are on the loose? As Barney Fife might exclaim: "It's a regular reign of terror!"

    According to the Chronicle, in 2008 the Houston Police Department -- in tacit recognition of the fact that its primary function is to plunder the populace rather than to protect it -- “purchased automated license plate readers that read up to 60 vehicle license plates per minute." This allows the police to identify those with outstanding warrants, including the growing number of people who “have to choose between paying their grocery bill or their tickets.”


    What a shameful lack of civic consciousness! How dare ...

    (cont) http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2010/02/sheep-shearing-season-on-revenue-ranch.html
     
  2. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Coming soon to a city near you... :(
     
  3. jagerMR

    jagerMR Hillsboro Member

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    I believe Beaverton has already used the Homeless ruse, possibly Hillsboro as well.
    But i dont think we have any regulations on "pan-handeling"
     
  4. slideglider

    slideglider PDX Member

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    Having 2 overly protective Akita mix dogs in the car with the rear windows down solves that issue for me.;)
     
  5. Shootshellz

    Shootshellz Edmonds Member

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    Slideglider: What brand of aluminum foil do you use for your hat?
     
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    slideglider PDX Member

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    Don't know. Ask your mom.
     
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    Shootshellz Edmonds Member

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    Slideglider: I asked you, my friend. Can't answer or won't?
     
  8. Atroxus

    Atroxus Marysville, WA Member

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    Personally I can see why he would be hostile. I didn't see anything in his posts to indicate he was of the tin hat wearing crowd. The fact is that our government does institute policies/laws that are strictly to generate revenue. If you don't believe me just do some research on the 911 fee mentioned in the OP, or red light traffic cameras.
     
  9. willseeker

    willseeker N. Portland. Well-Known Member

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    This seems to be an actual portrayal of current events. This is not a conspiracy.

    I suggest respectfully, that this thread remain cordial and on topic, or close it.
    Too many threads are going sideways and I'm getting fed up with it!
    You can't play nice, go home.

    Back to topic, yes, it may come to further taxation to bolster a crippled government. Most states are dealing with high foreclosure rates and unemployment, exacerbating an already battered revenue for services.
    I hope it doesn't come to door to door collection...there's some mighty pissed off citizens out here.

    Will
     
  10. Atroxus

    Atroxus Marysville, WA Member

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    In my opinion our government is far too bloated, and addicted to the almighty tax dollar. Mind you I am not suggesting overthrowing the goverment or anything like that. I do think there are far too many "public servants" making far too much money from the hard work of the people they are elected to serve. I do think our elected officials sould make a reasonable wage. I do not think they should be making more than the median wage for the average US citizen though. Our elected officials should be in office because they want to serve the people that elect them, not because they want a fat paycheck, or because they want to wield power over us.

    Sometimes I have considered running for political office on the platform that my first act in office would be work on getting myself a pay cut. I wonder how many people would vote for me based on that alone? I also wonder how hard the entrenched politicians woudl fight to keep me out of office?
     
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    Shootshellz Edmonds Member

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    To Slideglider and his supporters: Please send me your address. I will gladly pay for your one way ticket out of the USA as long as you promise never to return. Put up or shut up. I am tired of those who badmouth our country; especially from those who have never had to put their life on the line daily to serve the public for a substandard salary and benefits (as I do). This will be the last post on the subject as I have no more time to debate with those who are clueless. Polite? No. Accurate? Yes.
     
  12. Ravenous

    Ravenous West Linn, OR Member

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    What the ****! It is a fact that some police actions are purely for revenue. Why is it against the law to help out your fellow man by feeding his parking meter? It's a free country and my money I should be able to do as I please with it. Why are there times of the year when an officer pulls you over they can't just give you a warning?(officer told me that he couldn't give me a warning because it was the week of thanksgiving) Why does the government fight the
    speed trap applications when they serve the purpose of getting people to slow down. Don't talk
    to us about "substandard" salaries and benefits when there are millions without any salary or
    benefits. America is supposed to be the land of opportunity, if you work hard enough you can get an above average salary. I'm not forcing you to do what you do, if you are so unhappy with it change. it. I am not anti law enforcement in the slightest, and nobody is attacking law
    enforcement as law enforcement. They are attacking law enforcement as a
    means to create revenue which it was never meant to be.
     
  13. Atroxus

    Atroxus Marysville, WA Member

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    Wow thats a lot of hostility. So far I have not seen anyone badmouthing our country. I think it is great. It's the best system going in my opinion. But I also think that it could be better. Do you honestly think that there is nothing in this country that could be improved, that we have achieved perfection in all aspects of society, laws, and economics? You say to put up or shut up but that doesn't seem to apply to yourself. Do you have anything to add to this thread other than insults? If so I really would like to see it.

    Are you an elected official making substandard wages? If so what do you think should be teh standard wage for our elected officials? Or from your statement "...especially from those who have never had to put their life on the line daily to serve the public for a substandard salary and benefits (as I do)." can I assume you are a police officer, or that you are in the military? If so and you are making a substandard wage then I am all for getting that increased. That money has to come from somewhere though. Where do you reccomend it come from? Making citizens pay more in taxes, or trimming excess spending from other places in goverment budget?
     
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    Northwest Firearms Pacific Northwest Site Maintenance

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    The "Legal & Political" section is to pertain to firearms only.

    There are many different people here with many different viewpoints on various issues. Like religion, discussing these issues here is highly likely to offend and very little good can come of it. We need to be focusing on the things that bring us together (firearms), not the things that have the potential to divide us (politics).

    For conservative discussion, check out NorthwestConservative.com

    For liberal discussion, check out Democratic Underground
     
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