The Internal Revenue Service targeting “patriotic” organizations as well as those focused on smaller government and constitutional constraint is downright tyrannical. But even if politicians abolish the IRS or radically simplify the tax code, that won’t “fix” the underlying problem. Will anyone call for the real solution, one that would “kill” the IRS?
Having been a politician, I know that politicians like to “fix” problems. I also know that it is easy to fix the symptom rather than address the underlying disease. For example, the fight over the Internet sales tax legislation is the latest example of political “fixing.” Civil government has strangled free enterprise through excessive regulation, creating alleged inequities and artificial markets. However, rather than restore free enterprise to health by reducing regulation, some politicians “fix” things with more regulations. But I digress. Read The Full Story
The Tennessee legislature gave final approval to a bill restricting drone use in the state and sent it on to Governor Bill Haslam’s desk on the last day of the legislative session. A conference committee hammered out differences and both chambers gave approval to SB796/HB591 Friday. The Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act requires law enforcement to obtain a search warrant before deploying a drone. Read The Full Story
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey claims that the Internet sales tax mandate is not a new tax. Nor, according to Ramsey, is it an unfair tax.
Ramsey is wrong on both counts.
Currently, thanks to the 1992 Supreme Court decision Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, states are prohibited from forcing out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax on their behalf. For this reason, sales taxes are not applied when you make a purchase from an out-of-state online retailer that has no physical presence in the state to which the order is shipped. The Internet sales tax mandate, known by its misleading title as the Marketplace Fairness Act, would change that. For the first time, many of your online purchases will be subject to state sales tax. Read The Full Story
Sustainable Development is code for a policy designed to transform human society, essentially eliminating individual life decisions and replacing them with top – down, one-size-fits-all government control. In steady fashion, the agenda for this new policy, designed at the international level, is put into place piece by piece with a new government council here, and new regulation there, each designed to appear as a “local” development program. Like the proverbial frog in the slowly boiling pot, many Americans fail to notice the rise in government heat.
The main course of action to impose the new agenda is through the pretense of environmental protection; “Sorry about your rights, but if we don’t save the planet, then we will all perish!” And so with the devastation of a thousand pin pricks, America and its form or government is being changed through the creation of non-elected boards, councils and regional governments, designed to enforce the new regulations and “assure that we protect the environment.” Read The Full Story