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YOUTH, BEWARE!

Monday, February 29th, 2016

NOTE (07MAR2016): Bad news for American youth. The latest Index of Economic Freedom Places these United States of America below the top ten. So it has been for the last eight out of ten years. Yet, many American youth are flocking towards the very evils that will cripple their future — Big Government and those promote it.

“There are none so blind as those who will not see.” -John Heywood (1546)

“Youth is wasted on the young.” -George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

“Too Soon Old. Too Late Smart.” -Traditional Saying

“He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.” -George Orwell (1903-1950)

If you’re an American Euro-Caucasian and find yourself younger than thirty-five years of age, be warned of the following:

1) Your past is being destroyed.

2) Your present is being compromised.

3) Your future is being stolen.

Characterized as the “most selfish”, your parents’ generation, as a group, was too involved in “actualizing” itself as individuals to pay proper attention to its children’s upbringing. It relegated its own progeny to secondary importance often left to the mass-media and to quasi-Marxist and outright Marxist-oriented teachers.

“Patience is the foremost virtue.” -Traditional Saying

The Marxist-oriented radicals of the 1960s who preached violence, such as the terrorist Tom Hayden — compatriot of Barack Hussein Obama — realized that their strategy was failing. They altered it to take control measure by measure of the governmental bureaucracy; the mass-media; and, most importantly, education. They succeeded.

“Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” -George Bernard Shaw

The Marxists in academia viewed their primary goal in life as being to have indoctrinated you, the youth — indoctrinated you into believing that the Founding Fathers were evil, that collectivism is superior to individualism, that all races are essentially equal if not almost identical, that all cultures are of equal merit, that equal outcome is superior to meritorious outcome, that socialism is superior to capitalism, that the unproductive have a right to the fruits of the productive, that government essentially is good while private enterprise is evil and profit a profanity, that traditional Judeo-Christian morality is unjust and unfair, that licentiousness equals liberty, that peace can be preserved by words not actions, that unpleasant truths should be trumped by pleasant lies — and the list continues.

Let’s take the latest in a long series of schemes to rob you of futures in a land once dedicated to liberty, truth, merit, prosperity, and self-respect — robbing you in the name of protecting you. This latest scheme is the move to deprive you not only of control of your own money; not only to track your every financial transaction; but to steal your money day by day, week by week, month by month, and year by year. How? By abolishing cash-money.

“Abolish cash? Ridiculous!” you say.

Really? The government in Sweden officially not only is planning to abolish cash but to abolish the Swedish people who use it — literally. How? Via allowing unarmed invasions from the Middle East and Africa. Such invasions already have begun.

Consider that, at one time not too long ago, the government of these United States of America printed denominations of currency in notes of $500, $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000. Today, the highest denomination is $100. Over the years, the federal government has reduced the purchasing power of a “C-note” by 96% to a mere $4. Now, it plans to abolish it entirely to be replaced by electronic transfers and plastic cards.

With the current move towards “negative interest rates” (i.e., charging you to lend your money to a governmentally-regulated bank), you will find little opportunity to protect yourself against this legalized larceny. Worse, there’s an overt conspiracy among many countries to participate in this scheme.

As usual, those who promote tyranny claim it will benefit national security and the public good by reducing the evasion of income tax and the selling illegal drugs. The only cost? Just another loss of your liberties; in this case, to have and to hold in cash the fruits of your own labors.

There are simpler remedies to the ills cited; namely, to abolish the income tax not the currency in favor of a national sales-tax and to legalize so-called mind-altering drugs, both of which the politicians oppose. Let’s not forget that the Founding Fathers considered imposing a tax on incomes but rejected the idea. Let’s not forget that the Harrison Act regulating drugs was intended to protect users not to punish them; meanwhile, these United States of America almost singlehandedly have created a market that otherwise wouldn’t exist.

Now, let’s look at a basic, controlling factor in your loss of liberty. The economic foundation of this attack against your liberty is debt. In 1980, these United States went from the largest creditor-nation to the largest-debtor nation. Who did it? Who voted themselves your money? Who stole your future? Who will continue to do so until nothing remains to steal?

The government has become your master. We, the citizenry, its servants. In order to maintain tranquility, the government promotes dependence. Medicare. Medicaid. Food stamps. Welfare. All are examples.

The problem is that the politicians haven’t been able to pay for their schemes via legitimate, moral means. The only alternative? Theft — ultimately, from you, the youth. You are the future. The current parasites at the polling places soon will become the past. They cannot and will not pay for themselves. Only you can pay for them — and pay you will! There will be nothing remaining for you — guaranteed!

In order to relieve the burden of debt, for decades the government has been robbing the future citizenry via the tyranny of inflation; nevertheless, even that theft has proven insufficient. In order to buy votes, it has relieved increasing numbers of Americans from paying taxes. Half of Americans now pay no federal income-tax, whatsoever.

“Soak the rich!” The traditional cry of governmental tyrants and thieving politicians. Bad news! The rich aren’t sufficiently rich to pay for the governmental profligacy. Only the middle class is, but it’s dwindling to the point of becoming an endangered species.

Behavior is a function of the context in which it occurs, the antecedents that prompt it, and the consequences that follow it. The current context is a declining nation now on fire. The current antecedent is the demand for increasing governmental largesse. The behavior is continued borrowing from you, the youth. The short-term consequence is the politicians staying in office. The long-term consequence is disaster — political, economic, military, and sociological. The disaster will be yours to live.

What can you do? Vote! On every ballot, write-in the following: “None of the above!”

Demand of your elected representatives that they protect this nation by protecting you. How? There is a way. Use it, or surrender your liberty and your future.

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THE NOOSE TIGHTENS: A DIALOGUE

Monday, September 30th, 2013

“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Well, look who’s here, boys . . . Harvey. Hey, Harv, how goes it?”

“I just filed my Estimated Income Tax.”

“Good for you! You favor taxing income not consumption . . . or is it both? Then again, weren’t you a so-called civil servant, now morphed into civil masters, until you retired on your fat governmental pension? It would explain your fondness for taxing the productive.”

“Your sarcasm aside, I was a civil servant until I retired, and I do favor the income tax . . . or I think I still do.”

“Harvey! Getting second thoughts at this late date? Filing your Estimated Tax was that traumatic?”

“It made me think.”

“A new experience?”

“Very funny. Paying the tax created a . . . what shall I call it? . . . let’s say, a context.”

“A context?”

“Well, after filing the tax, I went to my bank. That’s what upset me.”

“Someone else clean out your account? Your wife, maybe, on her way out the door?”

“No.”

“So, what’s the problem?”

“Questions. The teller asked me lots of questions. She knows me. Even so, she asked me a lot of personal questions.”

“What sort of questions?”

“My Social Security Number.  My physical address . . . my postal box was not sufficient. My telephone-number. My occupation.”

“Why all the questions?”

“I don’t know.”

“Closing the account?”

“No . . . just withdrawing cash.”

“How much, may I ask?”

“You may. Not a huge amount. Ten thousand dollars one hundred dollars. Apparently, I crossed some arbitrary line established by the federal government.”

“Yep!  Ten thousand is the critical amount. Why’d you need the cash, or shouldn’t I ask?”

“A friend needs some money . . . just for a short time.”

“Where have I heard that one before . . . just for a short time?”

“I don’t care if he never pays me back. In the Army, he saved my life.”

“Why cash, though?”

“He feels ashamed. He lost money at one of those Indian casinos. His wife doesn’t know nor does anyone else. He’s not a gambler. He has a good job, so he’ll probably be true to his word. If he isn’t, so be it.”

“Why didn’t you withdraw the cash in lesser amounts on different days?”

“He needed the money in one day . . . today.”

“You were unaware of the rule about ten thousand dollars?”

“I guess I’d heard about it, but I forgot. Besides, I’ve nothing to hide. I was withdrawing my own money. Why the fuss over cash?”

“Look, Harv, even though cash is only paper, it leaves no ‘paper-trail’. Unlike checks or credit-cards, the governmental goons . . . sorry . . . governmental agents can’t track what you do with it.”

“Now, that’s upsetting! Why should the government track how I spend my own money? As I said, the clerk’s questioning me made me think about paying the government . . . yes, the government for which I worked. Now, I understand why. I’m paying taxes so the government can track me like a common criminal. I don’t deserve to be tracked unless there’s probable cause . . . to be tracked and pay for the privilege, no less. I’m an honest, law-abiding American.”

“I believe you. Now, convince the Internal Revenue Service.”

PART TWO

“The IRS?”

“Look, Harv, one hundred years ago, Congress then the states ratified the Sixteenth Amendment allowing a federal tax on incomes . . . personal and corporate. Before that, the Supreme Court had ruled it unconstitutional. Long before that, right at the beginning, the Founding Fathers rejected the notion.”

“I know. Well, I didn’t know about the Court-decision.”

“If those politicians could have predicted the inescapable consequences of their actions, would they have done it? Scoundrels that they were, I still don’t think so.”

“It’s worked pretty well, hasn’t it?”

“For whom? For those who don’t pay federal taxes, which is now a majority of the country.”

“Everybody should pay his taxes.”

“Said like a true bureaucrat. No, everybody should pay taxes because everybody benefits from what the government does legitimately.”

“Everybody pays taxes?”

“Yes but less than fifty percent paying isn’t the worst part.”

“No?”

“No! The worst part is the enforcement with its loss of liberty. The Sixteenth Amendment established the beginnings of a police-state. It ended banking privacy.”

“Banking privacy? You mean banking secrecy . . . like Switzerland used to have?”

“No, I mean privacy . . . disparaged by government as something sinister, substituting the word, secrecy, for privacy. You were just a victim of the loss of banking privacy.”

“But, with banking privacy, crooks, dictators, and terrorists can hide money easily, let alone tax-cheats.”

“So? How many crooks, dictators, and terrorists are there compared to the number of banking customers in total? A small fraction of one percent. As for so-called tax-cheats, the tax-bandits . . . .”

“Tax-bandits?”

“Governments that rob the productive via taxation to gain the political support of the unproductive. Anyway, the tax-bandits use that tripe to justify robbing you and me. They rob us of our privacy. They terrorize the productive, at gunpoint if necessary, to transfer an oppressive and regressive portion of their income to the unproductive.”

“I don’t know. I’ll admit it’s confusing. What you’re saying, though, seems a bit harsh.”

“Harsh? After Phil Mickelson won the British Open, he had to pay sixty percent . . . sixty percent . . . of his winnings in taxes to the bandits, and I’m being harsh?”

“Okay, so you favor repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment.”

“I do. Do you . . . after your unpleasant experience at the bank?”

“I don’t know. Even if I did, it doesn’t matter what I think. The politicians in Congress will never pass repeal, and the politicians in the fifty states will never ratify it . . . voters won’t let them. Oh, a few states might, given the opportunity, but just a few.”

“The odds aside, would you favor repeal?”

“Replacing the tax on income with what?”

PART THREE

“A tax on consumption.”

“It doesn’t seem fair.”

“Fair? Is punishing production and rewarding consumption fair . . . to the producers?”

“Don’t the producers just pass along the cost of their taxes to their consumers?”

“Only if they can stay in business. Most American business is small business operating on thin margins. Paying the highest rate of income-tax in the world can mean the difference between surviving and dying. Cash-flow, if nothing else.”

“You don’t think corporations should be taxed under any circumstances, do you?”

“No, Harvey, I don’t. Corporations are not people. They’re distinct, non-living, legal entities. Taxing a corporation then taxing its shareholders, as the federal government does now, is ‘double-taxation’.”

“Corporations aside, shouldn’t individuals pay their fair share?”

“Fair share? A socialistic euphemism for legalized larceny. Look, most of the productive are employees not employers. Right?”

“Right.”

“Taxing their incomes is punishing their work-behavior. Those on low incomes will choose the dole, getting rewarded for doing anything but working. Then, they’ll vote themselves even more money from the productive.”

“But doesn’t taxing consumption punish consumption?”

“Yes.”

“So, if people don’t buy, there’s no market for production.”

“Not true. People always will buy. They have to eat. They need some place to live and clothing on their backs . . . and more. They want luxuries, so the rich pay more than the poor.”

“Not on a percentage-basis.”

“That’s up to the individual to decide not politicians nor bureaucrats . . . with all due respect to you, of course.”

“Never mind. Look, without the progressive income tax, won’t you have even more inequality?”

“Not necessarily. Besides, equality is the enemy of liberty. I believe in letting each become all that he is capable of being in his personal pursuit of happiness. I do not believe in equality, as the Marxists and other socialists promote, with their concept, ‘From each according to his means to each according to his needs.’ Capitalism is based upon positive control; socialism, negative (www.inescapableconsequences.com).”

“Negative control?”

“Yes, like you experienced this morning at the bank. ‘Give us the information we want, or we won’t give you your own money.’ By giving them the information, you avoided their keeping it.”

“Only temporarily.”

“So? It’s still tyranny.”

“I suppose so.”

“Your choice, Harv, former civil master now servant to his former colleagues . . . liberty or tyranny.”

“Even if I agree, how would we change things? Haven’t they gone too far?”

“That, my friend, is the sixty-four dollar question.”

© Gene Richard Moss (2013)