It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.
First, I suspect that I will eventually suffer some kind of persecution for speaking out on this matter. I think it will come from my own government. The "Looters" don't like it when you stand up to them.
My own comments appear in green.
"That is the problem with government these days. They want to do things all the time; they are always busy thinking of what things they can do next. This is not what people want. People want to be left along to look after their cattle." --Obed Ramotwse
Now some quotes from an excellent book:
The center-right movement... is a coalition of groups and individuals that have one thing in common. They do not want the government to give them something. Or take something from others. On the key issue that motivates their vote, they want one simple thing from the gonvernment: They just want to be left alone. p3
I, Shawn Gately, want my money to be left alone. I don't want to pay into Social Security. I want to manage my own retirement. I can handle it. Social Security is a mega-rip-off. As it stands now, I have to take care of myself, plus carry a government worker on my back, PLUS flush my Social Security payments down the toilet. On top of that, I am forced through threat of fine and imprisonment to be the government's little tax-collecting collaborator and see the same thing happen to all the people that work for my company. I'm super-ultra-pissed about it.
Jobs are, of course, not created by the government. The government can take the money out of the real economy (defunding a job in the private sector) and drag the money into the government coffers and spend it to "create" a new job. This is the economic equivalent of taking a pail of water out of one side of the lake, walking around the lake (spilling some water) then holding a press conference surrounded by cameras to be filmed pouring what is left into he bucket into the lake. "Vote for Fred, he is filling up the lake with water." Government cannot create. It can only take and relocate. It cannot give you anything, including jobs, which it didn't take by force in the first place. -p7
Did you know that if you have a job that pays you $10 an hour, that your employer has to pay another $1 per hour (that otherwise would go to you) for "employer paid" taxes/rig-marole? "But Shawn, the employer pays that otherwise he would pocket that money". Really? Just think that through a bit. Why doesn't every job pay minimum wage? In fact, hardly any jobs pay that. They pay higher based on the demand of the free market. I can guarantee you, get rid of the hideous taxation and that money will flow right into the pockets of skilled workers.
When a hundred workers are laid off by General Motors to pay the taxes for some new environmental fad or government spending program, who makes the connection? The politicians would claim the money was free, came from nowhere, had no cost... - p9
The Leave Us Alone Coalition is not antigovernment. It simply wants properly limited government. -p17
Inflation was caused by the federal government printing too much money. -p25
Gas prices aren't going up. There are more dollars in circulation after the mass printing of paper money in 2007. When there is an "emergency supplemental appropriations bill" they just fire up the presses, print the money and make ALL YOUR MONEY worth less. The printing of money is a huge problem. But why don't you hear about it? Because BOTH parties want to keep doing it. It's only a fight about who is going to run the presses.
I found out that my Congressman, Chris Cannon, voted for these things almost without exception. He stood by while they fired up the money presses and made all my money worth less. He did not protect my interests. And I'll bet that your congressman is pulling shenanigans up there, too.
I keep seeing things on TV where gas station owners are "gouging". Are you kidding me? If anyone deserves a profit, it's the station owner! The congress has robbed you! Every last one of you!
Gas prices aren't up 20%. There are 20% more dollars in circulation. Or at the very least, that's a big part of it.
He [Bill Clinton] ran promising change. America did want to change the government that under George H. W. Bush was raising taxes to spend more money and exploding the regulatory state. But Clinton did not want to change the government. He wanted to use the state to change America. -p27
Everyone is free to believe and argue for what they believe-- on their own time and their own dime... If you want everyone to be like you, approve of you, or believe as you do-- advocate for free love, believing Baptist or Cubs fan-- you are free to go be a missionary for your views, spending your own money. The line is drawn at using the state and its power to force others to subsidize your views or demand that they agree with you. -p33
The relationship between rich trial lawyers and the Democrat party is symbiotic. Billionaire trial lawyers have been created and protected by those politicians. They have been given "letters of marque" and operate as privateers despoiling the real economy, killing the jobs, and looting the retirement nest eggs of millions of Americans. They are ... give[n] laws that make it easy to sue, and pliant judges, who shower them with other people's money. -p45?
The future envisioned by the American left can be glimpsed in Europe today. Near-guaranteed job security and unemployment payments almost as high as the after-tax pay for work. This is in return for a lower standard of living: only 74 percent of America's per-capita GDP. More security and less innovation. Everyone will be more equal. Poorer all, but but more equally poor. Little chance to create tremendous wealth, but also little chance that your neighbor will make you feel bad by creating the next Microsoft while you were in the pub. -p115
The left has a good head start in trying to make a functioning majority of Americans see themselves as dependent on the government. The construction of this Venus flytrap for once-independent men and women, this enticing lazychair covered with superglue, this Faustian bargain where one trades one's independence for security and barters with the state for one's vote rather than competing in the market with one's work and talents, has taken a great deal of time and effort. -p117
When I was a teacher (yes, I confess shamefully that I was a government worker) I was "given" health insurance. I paid part of it. It was $850 a month, but the district "paid" half of it. Thank goodness! Because there's no way that I could have paid that by myself. I was so grateful that the almighty State gave me something I couldn't hope to get for myself. When I quit to start BTP I found out that a comparable private plan only cost $350 a month. I could have ditched the government plan and still had thousands in my pocket at the end of four years.
Oh, they "took care of me" all right. Just like a farmer takes care of its cattle. I'm a wild Mustang now, baby. Live free or die.
And now a quote from good ole Samuel Adams:
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.
If the business community increased its political activism to the point where it simply invested in politics rationally-- as it invests in normal business activity [eg to stop shoplifting]-- it would dwarf all other political spending and sweep all political opponents before it. -175
Shoplifting might take 1% of your revue. The government will loot you for over 20%. It's my opinion that government should be able to perform ALL PROPER functions with less than 5%. I think that's actually very high.
Our worthy ancestors dumped tea in the harbor and started a war for what percentage? Any guesses? I challenge you to find it on-line. The information is suspiciously missing. It's about ONE PERCENT!
In the Book of Mormon, enslavement ("bondage") is defined as 50%. Oppression is marked at 20%.
The power to tax is, quite simply, the Power. The goal of Americans who love liberty is not to wield that power but to reduce it. To control it. To bind it down with the chains of the Constitution and popular will. To destroy much of that power lest it fall back into the same old hands. The goal is not to try and use the ring of power for good, but to hurl it into the first of the pits of Mordor...
The British tax burden on Americans was about 1 percent of income. This was completely unacceptable, and Americans fought from April 19, 1775, in Lexington and Concord until victory at Yorktown, Virginia, on October 19, 1781, to put an end to this. Since then there has been some backsliding. -p228
Congress never holds a vote on whether or not to spend too much money... The Bush administration has perfected the strategy of pretending to send up a budget and then showing up later with "emergency" spending requests to pay for such "unexpected" costs as pay and equipment for the hundred thousand American troops in Iraq that have been there for years, but somehow... forgot this when they wrote their budget. -p295
Likewise, the damage done to the economy is not done by the deficit, but by the total size of government spending. -p299
In an America where every young person looks to the stock market and the business community to create his personal retirement wealth the part and movement run by and for trial lawyers, labor unions and government workers is a dead man walking... Every trial lawyer is a potential parasite damaging your personal retirement accounts... Union bosses siphon off $500 per worker... Government workers living off high property taxes, sales taxes and corporate income taxes are looting your personal savings account every day.. The first thing every American will want left alone is his retirement wealth. -311
Imagine a future where every check written by your school and every contract signed... is public information available at all hours on the Web... The understandable fears that sweetheart contracts would be let at the expense of the public good are best protected by the disinfectant of public scrutiny. -p331
This book was very thorough and covered all bases. I read a lot of political type books. Most of them reek of one-sided-ness. This one was pretty even handed, explains things clearly with good thought-experiments and at the end actually lays out a reasonable plan for tax reform.
It has to happen a step at a time.
I am sick about the presidential race. Both candidates are huge statists. Do you want to have an enormous State Power that oversteps its bounds by maintaining an enormous Welfare State or an enormous Warfare State?
What sort of chains would you like? Iron or steel?
I don't pretend to understand it all. But I'm working on it.
I despise McCain. He's going to expand the state and go WAY outside constitutional bounds with a huge American Empire abroad and undeclared Wars. Then again, I'm loving where he's going with the reduction of taxes, Social Security, and health care. Ugh.
For me the question is, which one will do less damage?
In my dream universe I get to vote for Ron Paul again. I've got my Ron Paul sign outside. People ask me when I'll take it down. I say NEVER! There's a Ron Paul lawn sign in my soul.
PS- for the record, I do NOT recommend tax evasion. As a Mormon I believe in up-holding the law. I will let the chains chafe me.