Posts Tagged ‘tax

02
Sep
15

Sympathy For Cops?

Today, as I was traveling through my home state, I scanned the talk radio stations in various cities as I drove through them. Every single one of the “conservative” shows I listened to–including the religious talk shows–were holding discussions on sympathy for those who many callers claimed “took an oath to serve and protect us.”

It was disgusting, listening to the nation’s slaves–who were apparently suffering from Stockholm Syndrome–talk about their slave drivers in such loving terms.

To throw some critical thinking into the mix, I attempted to call in to one of the religious shows. I sat on hold for several minutes, after I explained my position to the call screener, only to eventually be told that there was no more time to get to my call–as about a minute and a half of outro bumper music played with no talking. (I was once a radio show host. Yes, they had plenty of time.)

This week, I heard Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Dan Bongino, Glenn Beck and more basically hold ‘sympathy for the Devil’ shows, supporting cops–and, of course, several cops called in to make us think that they are all running scared, and just regular people like you and I.

For ages, cops have thrown their weight around, and basically gotten a paid vacation (suspended with pay) when they were accused of wrongdoing. Now that the spotlight is on them, and they can’t easily get away with bullying, beating or killing, they want to whine and cry about not being treated with respect. Unbelievable!

Dan Bongino–a former Secret Service Agent and former cop–even went so far as to call people who don’t support cops “cowards,” yelling that those folks were probably too scared to defend themselves against criminals.

To Mr. Bongino, I say this: I would LOVE to be able to defend myself, as I see fit, from criminals. I would LOVE to be able to walk the streets with the means to defend myself and my family, should someone pop out from behind a bush and attempt to harm us–and history proves that when people are allowed to take responsibility for their own safety, crime goes down. But ya know what? The Government you seem to love so much has taken that freedom from me, and will probably even attempt to kidnap and throw ME in a cage, if I attempt to handle my own defense. Criminals are even suing their would-be victims, after their attempts at crime are thwarted–and many of them win! Where is the justice in that?

The true cowards in all of this are you authoritarians who want police service that you think will protect YOU–at my expense (taxation)! YOU “cowards” are the ones who are doing everything you can to make cops seem like regular people, instead of the slave drivers that they really are. YOU are the ones who only have yourselves to blame for the deaths that police officers cause on a regular basis. YOU cowards are the ones who support a system of FORCE, not freedom. YOU are the ones who are too scared to defend yourselves. If you weren’t, you wouldn’t be trying so hard to defend cops. And you want to call ME a coward?

Let us also consider that the Supreme Court, long ago, determined that cops had no duty to protect civilians. The Court determined that their duty was simply to enforce the laws. That’s it. Their job isn’t to “serve and protect” YOU; it’s to serve and protect THE LAW. They are there to FORCE you to be obedient to what other people–folks who have reserved such titles as “Congressman,” “Senator,” “President,” etc.–write down on paper, controlling what you can and cannot do with your life.

Isn’t this “free” country wonderful?

Furthermore, I never contracted with these people, yet they FORCIBLY take my money to pay themselves, and to pay for things which I–and multitudes of others–do not support.

Try to go to court, to sue the government, and the courts will tell you that you have no “standing” to take action against the system.

Call your local Representative to tell him how you feel, and you will get an intern, receptionist or an answering machine.

Vote to try and change things and you will get the same thing that you have always gotten: Ever-worsening conditions. If voting actually changed anything, they would have outlawed it by now.

The system is purposely structured to make sure you can’t change it. It’s like playing Monopoly with a friend, and he starts out with all of the property cards at the beginning of the game. You can’t win.

Again, “free country,” and all that indoctrinated nonsense.

In this country, we have to get permits and licenses, which are nothing more than permission, to do just about anything important to us. We usually have to fork over our hard-earned money in order to pay for that permission, as well. I hate to break it to ya, but that’s not freedom.

We are forced to pay for permission to travel, build a house, start a business, earn a living, (in many locations) put a satellite dish on the front of our houses, etc. In many areas, we are even told what types of colors we will be allowed to paint our houses, or whether we will be allowed to have garage sales, invest our wealth, protest, have meetings in our homes, cut down a tree, park our cars in our front yards, store sofas in our garages, plant gardens or build privacy fences on our properties, sell raw milk to our friends and neighbors, add on to our houses, refuse to have harmful chemicals and metals–along with aborted fetal tissue–injected into our bodies and our children’s bodies (vaccinations), work certain types of jobs (coal mining, for instance), and so much more. Government even tells us what types of light bulbs we will be allowed to use!

And you still think you’re free? Get a clue!

People with fancy titles can write down all the laws that they want. If no one is there to enFORCE them, they don’t mean squat, and are just words written on paper. EnFORCEment does the damage and destroys freedom.

There have been a few news stories, lately, about cops being murdered. While I find it very difficult to feel sympathy for anyone who would make a career out of enslaving others, I am truly saddened to see that things have gotten to the point where people feel so angry, scared or powerless, and feel the need to kill each other in order to bring about change.

Personally, I want peace and harmony. I do not wish death on ANYONE–even those people who wear shiny badges and think they are in a special social class–but those who have chosen to become law enFORCErs are nothing more than slave drivers, and certainly do not deserve your respect or support; they deserve to be shunned and shamed. Teach your children to be strong, independent and peaceful, and get them to understand that it is not honorable to work an enFORCEment type of job.

There are surely some people who became cops thinking they would make a positive difference, but the very nature of their jobs is in direct opposition to freedom–and I will not support that, no matter how they try to justify it.

A People who use Government guns, cages and power against each other cannot claim to be “civilized”–but there are many truly civilized people in the world who are hoping that the rest of you will get there, soon, before it’s too late.

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01
Nov
12

Who Is Behind the Midlands (SC) Tax Increase Group?

Say NO on tax increases!Socialists in Richland County, South Carolina, are at it again with a push for another tax increase. They support increasing the sales tax rate, an additional one percent, for what they claim will be improvements to roads, the public transit system, and more jobs. (Don’t get me started on that BS!)

A similar push, in neighboring Kershaw County, was voted down in the last elections. It was discovered that an officer from First Palmetto Savings Bank, and a local CPA from Cantey, Tiller, Pierce, Green, CPAs, were behind the tax increase campaign.

Now, let’s peel back the layers of the “Citizens for a Greater Midlands” organization, to see just who these “citizens” are who are pushing the latest tax increase.

Before we go any further, it should be noted that the organization’s website domain was purchased through another company, in what seems to be an effort to keep the identities of those involved a secret (the officers/staff are not listed on the website, either). We also noticed that same type of thing, with the previous Kershaw County folks who pushed for a tax increase.

These folks want to take your money, but they don’t want you to know who they are? That doesn’t seem right. If they believe strongly in the tax increase, why don’t they show their faces and publicly say so?

They don’t own up to their activities, because tax increases are not popular—no matter what local officials and news media have to say about it. Asking for a tax increase, to give more money to government—when everyone else is struggling with high unemployment, and living paycheck to paycheck—is bordering on insanity, or extreme arrogance and disregard.

Checking documents filed with the South Carolina Ethics Commission, I feel that the group is nothing more than a facade, put on the map by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce—who contributed $33,000 in initial funding to get the group started, back in August of 2010. Yes, according to the paperwork, the group has been in the works for over two years.

I have to say that their slogan, “Our Penny,” has got to be the greatest socialist slogan I’ve ever seen. To me, it’s basically saying: “Your wealth is OUR wealth, and you shouldn’t be allowed to keep it all to yourself.” That’s how the greedy, socialist, entitlement mentality works.

According to the Ethics Commission documents, the organization’s officers are:

Chairman

Mitchell Willoughby

P.O. Box 8416

Columbia, SC 29202

Occupation – Attorney

Columbia, SC

803-252-3300

Treasurer

Terry K. Schmoyer, Jr.

1330 Lady Street, Suite 507

Columbia, SC 29201

Occupation – CPA

Columbia, SC

803-254-2050

Custodian of Books & Accounts

Doug Bridges

1711 Gervais St.

Columbia, SC 29201

Occupation – Realtor

Columbia, SC

803-788-2811

These are the “citizens” who are working to steal another 1% in sales taxes from your wallet. If you are doing business with them, I would encourage you to find new business partners.

And what is with the seeming trend of attorney’s, CPAs and real estate folks in the mix behind tax increases, these days? I have to wonder if either of those types would be involved if there wasn’t some type of gain to be made. Time will tell, I guess. It’s one of those things that makes you say, “Hmmmm….”

In addition, according to the SC Ethics Commission’s website the organization has not filed any quarterly reports since the initial paperwork was entered into the record. It is my understanding that these reports are mandatory, and there is a $100-per-day penalty for not filing paperwork by the deadline. If that’s the case, it looks like someone is going to be coughing up a considerable amount of dough for messing up.

Would you really want to do business with a CPA, attorney or real estate agent who couldn’t be bothered to file important paperwork on time? Not good business, in my opinion, but Columbia Mayor Benjamin, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott and (of course) The State newspaper—who never saw a tax increase they didn’t like, as far as I can tell—endorse the group. I wonder if they know, or even care.

So, what did the organization do with the initial $33,000 that was given by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce? No one knows—other than seeing support signs blanketing the Midlands—because there have been no disclosures.

To me, this doesn’t look to be a “citizen’s” group, at all. In my opinion, it looks more like a small group of fat cats who want to get fatter through their political ties—and your tax money.

It’s not “our” penny. It’s certainly not their penny. It’s YOUR penny. Stop them from taking it from you.

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29
Apr
11

Amazon Decides To Leave SC Rather Than Give In To Government Mafia

Amazon has decided that, rather than give in to South Carolina government mafia tax thugs, it will halt building plans and move its proposed distribution facility out of South Carolina. After the 71-47 House vote against the company, Amazon halted building contracts and pulled job postings. The reported 1250+ jobs, plus a reported additional 1000+ jobs from an engineering firm and other support companies, and over $100 million in investments will be going to a more business-friendly state.

Here’s a list of the Representatives who stood against Amazon:

Agnew, Paul L.
Alexander, Terry
Allen, Karl B.
Anderson, Carl L.
Anthony, Michael A.
Barfield, Liston D.
Bedingfield, Eric M.
Bikas, Eric J.
Bowen, Don C.
Bowers, William K.
Brown, Robert L.
Chumley, William M.
Clemmons, Alan D.
Corbin, Thomas D.
Crawford, Kristopher R.
Crosby, William E.
Delleney, F. Gregory, Jr.
Dillard, Chandra E.
Edge, Tracy R.
Erickson, Shannon S.
Funderburk, Laurie Slade
Gilliard, Wendell G.
Govan, Jerry N., Jr.
Hamilton, Daniel P.
Hardwick, Nelson L.
Hearn, George M.
Henderson, Phyllis
Hiott, David R.
Hixon, William M.
Horne, Jenny Anderson
Hosey, Lonnie
Howard, Leon
Jefferson, Joseph H.
Johnson, Kevin L.
King, John Richard C.
Limehouse, Harry B., III
Long, Deborah A.
Lowe, Phillip D.
Lucas, James H.
McCoy, Peter M., Jr.
McEachern, Joseph A.
Moss, Dennis C.
Munnerlyn, Elizabeth R.
Murphy, Christopher J.
Nanney, Wendy K.
Neal, James M.
Norman, Ralph W.
Owens, Phillip D.
Parker, Steve A.
Parks, J. Anne
Pinson, Lewis E.
Pitts, Michael A.
Pope, Thomas E.
Ryan, Kevin R.
Sandifer, William E., III
Simrill, J. Gary
Smith, G. Murrell, Jr.
Smith, Garry R.
Smith, J. Roland
Taylor, Bill
Thayer, Anne J.
Tribble, David, Jr.
Vick, Ted M.
Viers, Thad T.
Weeks, J. David
Whipper, J. Seth
White, W. Brian
Whitmire, William R.
Williams, Robert Q.
Willis, Mark N.
Young, Thomas R., Jr.

It has been reported that Governor Nikki Haley also opposed the Amazon deal, and that Wal-Mart organized a coalition to oppose the deal, as well.

Personally, I want to see each of these dirty, rotten, scumbag politicians stand face-to-face with the people who applied for those jobs and have the balls to tell them exactly what happened: “Amazon didn’t want to help fatten the State’s coffers, so we ran off all those jobs for which you applied. Yes, we realize these are very tough economic times, but the State getting money is more important than you being able to work and feed your families. Deal with it.”

These evil, crooked people should be tarred, feathered and run out of town–at the very least!

This is just another example of how government destroys prosperity and employment opportunities.