Posts Tagged ‘government

24
Aug
10

The Real Reason Gays Are Not Allowed To Marry

On October 21, 1936, our 32nd American President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, said to the people at Worcester, Massachussets, “Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.” So what is this organized society and why am I a member of it? I have a membership to SAM’S Club by my own choice. I was a member of the National Spelological Society only after I voluntarily filled out an application and paid my dues. If I wanted to be a member of the National Rifle Association then I too would be doing the same thing. Even with banking you won’t be a member of a credit union unless you apply and are accepted.

So what does it mean when our government says that we have a “membership” into a “society.” In all the above examples, memberships are something that you individually volunteer to be in. You aren’t really “born into” any membership. Or are we?

In my above examples when I become a member of SAM’S Club, they give me a membership number on my membership card. When I became a member of the NSS I received a membership number on my membership card. I would assume that the NRA would be the same. And likewise with my banking I also have a membership number. But for this membership into this society do we have a similiar situation? Well, it seems that we do.

In 1935 the government passed the Social Security Act. In this act normal citizens were allowed to sign up for an insurance and retirement program. In exchange for their membership they paid their dues and the government through the Social Security Administration issued membership numbers. Prior to 1935 the government had this same plan and enumerated their participants, their government employees, with Social Security Numbers. The act simply allowed non-government employees to join under the plan – of course, so long as they paid their membership fees.

However, even back then the people still had a choice to be a part of the plan. They still had a choice on whether to join. In fact, the Enumeration at Birth program wasn’t even established until 1989. Here is the werd part though… FDR said that taxes a part of a membership of a society. So one should assume that if you are a member of the society (presumably in this case, an American) then you pay taxes. Right?

Somewhat.

Taxes are everywhere and generally everyone will come in contact with them somehow. I want to zero in on the income taxes though. The biggest change to the the tax code was a few years after the Social Security Act of 1935 with the Revenue Act of 1942. In the 1942 edition the Subtitle C code was introduced which incorporated the language, almost verbatim, from the Social Security Act of 1935. Is this just a coinscidence? Doubtful.

Could it be that with the Social Security Act of 1935 the government radically changed who we are? Or made us join in on a membership of which we didn’t even know about? To me, it seems that way. Even the SSA admits that one does not need to have a SSN to live or work in America.

Today we are given SSNs at birth by our parents with the encouragement of the doctors. The process is easy and the hospital does all the work for you. You simply check off a box and bam, they give you a SSN.

I am way off tangent here because the real reason I wanted to write is because I find it interesting how gay people are not allowed to marry. Quite honestly, politicians don’t care who does what behind closed doors. Many American’s don’t care either. So, why are they not allowed? I think the answer to this lies in the tax question. Married people are likely to have children, which will be automatically enrolled into the Social Security program. The SSN cannot be revoked, removed, deleted, or nullified. So once you have a number, you will have that number until you die. So, anytime you use that membership number on certain things – there will be certain legal implications of using that number. In this case, I am proposing that you are submiting your membership in the Social Security program and thus you will have to pay your membership dues to be a part of that society.

But back to gay marriage. Gay couples will never have children. They physically cannot produce offspring. So, they will never be bringing new members into the taxation system. So, since they never will bring new children into the system, it is to the government’s benefit to keep them at a higher [single] rate. It is the government’s little ploy to try to get gay people to be straight and procreate to get more members.

So there you have it, that is why gay people are not treated equally under the tax laws.

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26
Apr
10

Tell Government to Shove Marriage Up Their ***

Over two years ago I wrote a list of five things I thought that the government should not be involved in – marriage, foreign entanglements, education, religion, and child rearing. The post can be found here.

I want to jump back on the first thing on my list – marriage. Why in the world is the government involved with or interested in who we marry? Seriously? As with other things in life, when the government get’s involved, what does it have to gain by doing it? Does it gain money? Does it gain power? Does it gain control? Or does it gain something else?

Every year we hear the politicians screaming and hollering from both sides about how they do or do not support gay marriage. But why is government supporting any marriage anyways? I know. I know. The Republicans have somehow been swept up in this evangelical movement where they want to incorporate church beliefs into their platform. Not only is this wrong, but this is stupid of the Republicans.

I think it is time we stop complaining and arguing about who does and does not get married and start realizing the real problem of the matter – government intervention. What right does the government have to label you married or not?

Let me make this simple. The government wants to control marriage because they want to control you. Yep, that’s right. When you get married and get that certificate of marriage it means nothing to anyone. It certainly means nothing to the government. Ah, but you say, “I get tax reduction as a married person.” Very true, you do. But taxation is a tool of the government so to have a certificate from the government to reduce your government balance is just another way to swindle you into their control. You see, the certificate means nothing for your love. But it means that the government will treat you differently because of it.

What ever happened to equal taxation? Or equal treatment under the law? Why is it that I have to get a piece of paper from the government saying that I want to be treated at a lesser rate than others? Isn’t marriage supposed to be an agreement between two people (and their god, if they believe that). Seriously, if you think about it, the marriage certificate is kind of like some sort of jacked up coupon for people. I have to confess my love for someone and have the government approve it so that I can continue to love that person. Really, that is pretty f’d up if you ask me.

So instead of sitting around and arguing about who has the right to marry via the government and start telling the government that it has no right to tell us who we can and cannot marry – heterosexual or homosexual. Quit using money (taxation) to herd us into a certain moral mentality. This is disgusting and you should think so too.

06
Mar
10

Taxes: This or That

If someone came to you on Day 1 of your working life… or even now… what option would you choose?

Option 1:
The government will take out a small portion of your paycheck to help pay for services for you in the future (taxes). The services would include money for if you become unemployed, money for if you should you become disabled, and money for when you get old and want to retire (among other things, but let’s just go for these items).

Option 2:
The government does not take anything out of your paycheck (no taxes). If you fall on unfortunate times the government will not help you out – unemployed? Too bad. Disabled? Too bad. Want to retire? Hope you saved.

Option 1 offers you more of a safety net. However, Option 2 gives you more money up front to save, spend, and possibly invest and make more in the long run.

What would you pick?

18
Nov
08

Government Is Not Our Friend

As I was driving home from the gym today I saw an Obama sticker on someone’s car that “Marlified” Obama’s face (you know – the red, yellow, and green colors associated with Reggae music). For some reason it struck me as odd… and wrong.

Over the past few months we have seen a lot of “flag waving” for Obama. People are excited. They are pumped up to see change. They hope that he will not be a “standard politician.” People have Obama stickers all over their cars and all sorts of people have waved Obama signs in support. When Obama won there were parties in the street and people were toasting (and buying shots) in honor of him.

Now don’t get me wrong, but I am glad that people are excited about politics and they are involved in politics. I think one of the greatest tragedies is that so many are not involved and don’t vote and never do vote. However, how should our interaction with our government be? What did the Founding Fathers want our – The People – relationship be with the government?

I grew up and I think that I had a pretty good relationship with my parents. Of course we traded words and made accusations like any parent does with their teenager. One thing was always clear in our home though – you mess up and you will pay the consequences. We are not your homies or your friends – we are here to make sure you stay safe, stay out of trouble, do well in school, and do well in sports. We know your standard and if we know if you are not performing to your standard (as in school) or acting a fool and getting in trouble (with the law or in school) then you are going to answer to those consequences (failed grades, detention, jail, etc.) AND you are going to pay for your wrong doing with US. That is just how it was. I will never forget my father felling me, “If you do right, we will be there to support you and give you praise. You mess up and we will have NO problem letting you face the consequences and then some.”

I hated that kind of philosophy growing up. While other kids got to go home and watch TV all night and go outside and play my mother would sit there and make me do my homework and then she would verify it. If I rushed it or did it incorrectly, I did it again. In other words, she was my boss. I also decided to do a few stupid things as a kid too – one of them going down the street and tearing up my neighbors property. While the other kids that helped me sat at home and watched TV, I went down to my neighbor’s house, apologized, and then cleaned up the mess. In other words, my parents made sure that rules (of courtesy and what is right and wrong in this case) were enforced. I never was friends with my parents and I hated it that I didn’t have “cool” parents like everyone else.

Now that I’ve grown I look back at that and I am more than glad that they were not my friends. I am good friends with them today because of what they were to me back then.

I feel kind of the same way about government. I think that our government was made to not be friends with us. Their job was to hold office and represent us. If they didn’t do that, then we ran them out of town (literally or via impeachment or special election, etc.). Furthermore, they gave us the First Amendment so that we could speak out against them and tell them that they were doing wrong. They gave us the Second Amendment so that if they didn’t want to listen, then we could defend ourselves against them. They gave us the Third Amendment so that the government couldn’t quarter in your home. They gave us the Fourth Amendment so that they couldn’t just come in our homes at will. And so on… Point is, they gave the power to the people, not the government.

Today with this Obama-fevor, I am scared that we are not providing society with our role in government – the watch-dog. You see, when we are friends it is easy to forgive-and-forget their misdoings. We have an emotional bond with them that allows us to overlook their blemishes. This simply is not the kind of relationship we want with our government, especially today.

I do not know about many of you out there but I am getting tired of our representatives having free reign. I want them to represent me. If they cannot do that, then they should be afraid of losing their job. Yet, that is not how it is. We continue to vote them in and never speak up against them. And now we have elected a President that we seem to have a very strong “friendship” bond with.

Look, I don’t care if you love every policy that he has put forth and hope he does more – you still cannot let him be your friend. You still have to be his watchdog. The second you don’t and they realize this, they will quit representing you and do their own thing. If we have no checks on our government, if we just trust that they will do right and act in our interests, then we give them unbridled power. Never good. And history can vouch for this.

Think about it.

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21
Sep
08

IS THE GOVERNMENT ALLOWED TO BUY AIG?

Hello all, I have been a friend of our host for a little over two years, we disagree on several issues, but have generally the same Conservative-Libertarian small government view and we get along quite famously (or he is a GREAT actor).  I am very pleased that he has allowed me to author a topic for his blog and hope my topic generates interest and honest discussion.

 

The economy, it is said, is in shambles. There is some evidence that this is true, Bear-Stearns, Lehman Bros., AIG to name the current failures.  GM, FORD, and CHRYSLER are rumored to be begging uncle George to send them a cash bailout and I am sure everyone remembers that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were “too big to fail,” things look pretty bad.  Unemployment has “exploded” to 6.2 percent and Gas is around 3.75 a gallon.

 

Our Presidential options are on opposite sides of how to “fix” the economy and we have to choose in about 7 weeks.  Wow, we got a lot of crap on our plates!

 

All that said, I would like to add one more morsel.  Where did the Federal Government get the power to buy a corporation?  The AIG “loan” of 85 Billion for 2 years, causes the Federal Government to actually OWN 80% of AIG!  ON the pro side, many talking heads are saying this move could actually generate a profit for the Federal Government, the cons say, that “We the People” stand to lose quite a bit more than 85 Billion.  Regardless of which happens, lets analyze the original question “Where did the Federal Government get the power to buy a corporation?”

 

I have gone through the Constitution and the only thing I can find that could remotely be referenced would be the General Welfare Clause, so lets look at what that cause says. It states: 

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

For starters, here is an 1828 version of Websters American Dictionary definition of Welfare, and it very clearly defines the terms for individuals and States:  

WELFARE, n. [well and fare, a good going] 
1. Exemption from misfortune, sickness, calamity or evil; the enjoyment of health and the common blessings of life; prosperity; happiness; (applied to persons) 
2. Exemption from any unusual evil or calamity; the enjoyment of peace and prosperity, the ordinary blessings of society and civil government; (applied to states) 

I believe the “GENERAL WELFARE” clause as written in the Constitution is referring to States, not individuals. Article 4 section 4 is quite clear on what the Federal Government guarantees to each of the several states and that seems to support a “state” perspective with regard to “general welfare”.

 

Based on the premise that the General Welfare clause as written applies to the States, how does the verbiage allow a buyout?  The clause appears to cover things like a military, ensuring trade goods are accessible, and I would even add SOME infrastructure like a wall along the USA-Mexico and USA-Canada borders, levees in New Orleans and Galveston- anyplace where significant flooding is known to occur and Yes, arguably the existence of entities like FEMA.  Other than that, NOTHING, nothing at all directly or indirectly implies the ability to buy a corporation!  The “purchase” of AIG is Unconstitutional and each and every American needs to understand the implications we are facing.  In the early 20th century it took a Constitutional amendment to stop people from making and drinking alcohol, now smoking cigarettes are almost illegal in most states and definitely in all federal buildings and all that took was an act of Congress.  AIG has been bought by the Treasury department via the Federal Reserve to stave off an imminent and calamitous failure, the American people, WE THE PEOPLE, now own AIG and we never even had the opportunity to discuss it.  Our Government has allowed JP MORGAN to buyout Bear-Stearns, and the American people have backed the loan, again, I ask, how is that allowed under the Constitution?  If the Congress can deem a company “Too big to Fail” they also have the ability to deem a business “Too small to succeed.”  I for one do not want the ability to succeed OR the ability to fail to be controlled or intimidated by the Federal Government, the ability to succeed or fail are the forces that have driven America.

 

The Constitution is the foundation of this country, if we allow the Federal Government to buy or bail out Wall Street, we will lose our Republic completely and become a Fascist (State Controlled Capitalism) nation.

 

But, that is just my opinion, I could be wrong…

 

Written by: DJ

27
Jul
08

Our Government Should Play WoW

First off, it has been a long time since I’ve posted here. I’ve been pretty busy with school. I truly hate this class that I am taking. Which is sad because I really do love education. I just really do not like taking classes that I feel are near impossible.

In my spare time I have been playing World of Warcraft (WoW). Oddly enough, it is a game that I thought I would never play. I think for a long time I even actively refused to play. After all, everyone that I knew that played it was actively addicted.

The game is fun. However, there is an issue that just screams to be talked about. WoW is a free market system. There is no authorizing force that “drives” society. There is no government that makes everyone do what they want by taxing them and no government to tell them that if they don’t do something, that they will go to jail. People buy and trade goods. Some goods are hard to come by. So the demand for those goods are high and therefore the price for them rises. The goods that are readily available are not so expensive. When you go to buy something from other characters through the Auction House, there is a “tax” system in place. If you don’t like the tax, you can always go out and find the materials yourself, which could take months for you to train up that skill. Or, you can have your friends (who know that trade) help you out. Or maybe barter by just doing a direct trade with another character. In any case, there is a way to escape (circumvent) the taxes. Perfect! This is what we call a direct tax. THIS is how our country was originally set up. The government can tax what it wants, but not money itself. It has to give people an option of not paying the tax. On the game, when I kill a nasty looking blob of jello, and it drops “loot” of 1 gold… a little window does not pop up from the government telling me to give them 25 silver just because they want it. THAT is what our government does.

Every time you get your paycheck, that is what is happening, a little window is popping up and a little hand slides out and says, “Pay up bucko, or else we will repossess your car and everything you have.” Most of us just go, well, I like my car and I don’t want to hurt my family, so we just give the money to the hand and keep on living. But, what if you just stood up to that hand and said, hey, back off this is my money that I earned. In reality, you can do this. You don’t owe the government except what you choose to pay. If you choose to pay income taxes every April, then that is purely your choice. You are choosing to give your money to them. And this law supports this fact that you don’t have to pay income taxes unless you fall under a very specific group (you work for the government).

So, why are you paying taxes? Seriously…

22
May
08

Pay Uncle Sam At The Pump

Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

Gas Prices are going up. We all know it. They have been going up for some time now, so I don’t know where the surprise is coming in at here. In any case, Congress has recently put Big Oil under the microscope because they made a large amount of money last year. And indeed, they did! However, should we, the American Gas Buyer, be griping at them for making such large amounts of money?

My answer – no, and if you do, then you are severely uninformed. Here’s why.

Between 1977 and 2004, the oil industry’s domestic profits totaled $643 billion, after adjusting for inflation. For the same time period, [State and Federal] governments collected more than $1.34 trillion, after adjusting for inflation (link). Um, hello? If you don’t understand what I just wrote, then check out the graphic.

So who is causing the high gas prices? The government! Think about it… the oil companies actually have to work for getting that gas to you. They have to find it. Find out how to get it out of the Earth. Buy expensive equipment to drill. Have a way to obtain and hold all the oil they get. Refine it. Ship it.

And what does the government do? They see the gas truck pulling up to ExxonMobil and they slap a tax on it – a tax that is 2-3x higher than the profit that the oil company is making. BS. Pure and simple smoke screen. It is OK to cry about someone making “too much” money, but it is rude and inconsiderate to even speak about how the government is making twice as much. And for what? What is the government spending all that generated tax money on anyways? I surely don’t see it!

If you want to complain about how much the CEO and VPs are making a year, well that is a different story all together. This is about when we buy a gallon of gas, who is getting how much money. And what everyone doesn’t tell you is that the government is making more than the oil tycoons… Period.

Listen very carefully to parts 3:30-3:41.




Quotes:

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

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