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The Freedom Tax

by pete on June 9, 2012

 

                                                                The Freedom Tax

     Steve White won the primary – no surprise.  I am sure that it made Skinner, Murdock and Lambert breathe a sigh of relief.  Imagine what trouble it would cause them if I got elected to the commission and they had to be confronted with the Constitution all the time!

     The Chronicle stated that Steve “campaigned on the promise he would strive to keep from raising taxes …”  Think back on the various zoning attempts and the most recent attempt at county-wide zoning under the guise of “floodplain regulations”:  Remember the 9th premise of Ruler’s Law?  Under Ruler’s Law, problems are always solved by issuing more edicts or laws, setting up more bureaus, harassing the people with more regulators, and charging the people for these “services” by continually adding to their burden of taxes.

     All of these attempts are nothing but taxes.  They are what might be called “Freedom Taxes” because they seek to make you pay for “services” you do not need, and for “Freedoms” that used to actually be FREE. 

     Thomas Jefferson wrote:   Rightful Liberty is unobstructed action to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.  I do not add within the limits of the law, because law is so often but the Tyrant’s  will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.

     Maybe these repeated attempts should be called a “Rightful Liberty” tax.  Webster’s dictionary defines tax as “a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property, for public purposes”.

     Again, this county bureaucracy is repeatedly attempting to tax our freedoms.  Not only is it a tax we do not want but their method of trying to inflict these unwanted and unneeded taxes on us amounts to an unconstitutional “taxation without representation”.  If you remember your U.S. history lessons, “taxation without representation” was one of the reasons for the revolutionary war and is stated as a reason in the Declaration of Independence:  “For imposing taxes on us without our consent.”

     How hard has Steve White “strived” to limit these wholly unconstitutional and abusive taxes on our freedoms?  Here is an example:  At the first reading of these new “floodplain regulations” (taxes) on July 12, 2011 Steve made the comment that he was concerned about he county enacting these restrictions here while New Orleans was being rebuilt below sea level but he chose not to “strive” to prevent these unconstitutional taxes on our freedoms, our Rightful Liberty.

     Later on, at the same meeting, after Sean O’Callaghan, the floodplain administrator, read off all the alleged FEMA requirements, Steve asked if the county had to adopt what FEMA required.  O’Callaghan’s reply was that “FEMA carries a big stick” and then Steve dropped it.  He knew that under the 10th amendment FEMA does NOT have that authority yet he chose NOT to “strive” to limit the burden of these unconstitutional taxes on the citizens of Gallatin County.

     Webster’s dictionary defines strive as “to make effort, labor hard, to struggle in opposition.

     Does asking the right question and then simply dropping it meet the definition of “strive”?  Did Steve “labor hard” to defend our freedoms and limit these unconstitutional attempts at taxation without representation?  You decide.  I am still a write-in candidate for the general election in Nov ember.

“Knowing what is right doesn’t mean much unless you do what is right.” (Theodore Roosevelt)

Pete Rothing

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