I believe there is a relationship to an increasingly burdensome federal, state, and city tax policy and the abatement of individual liberties. The right to tax is the right to control; the disbursement of tax dollars once harvested from the people innately empowers the disburser of the tax harvest over the recipients of the disbursement.
When I travel I am searched and investigated, the treasury department is alerted if I transfer $10,000 more dollars because I maybe suspected of laundering money, I fill out forms to leave the country and to return, I am subjected to having my name on federal data banks, the law of the land is so complex I can no longer represent myself if sued, I as well as most do not understand the tax laws I am subjected to, lawyers are licensed by the state as privateers seeking plunder from class action suits or hell any lawsuit; they are although operating within the statutory gauntlet destroying the function of enterprise within this nation state. Congress is made up in the majority by lawyers; judges are lawyers of past performance.
Between politicians trying to retain power and politicians trying to attain power there is little done in Congress; naturally, in an election year the little done gets down to none. Withstanding, they do have time to grandstand and debate the mostly nonsensical. They cannot address the entitlement issues, Medicare, social security, and the rising cost of oil and medical services. This country has a very high corporate tax rate, the regulation of public companies via the insanity of Sarbanes-Oxley is apparent but no one has the fortitude to act; nevertheless, government does have the time and money to investigate baseball.
But government ingress into the privy of private enterprise is much more then simply regulating or taxing; with tax revenue funds, government has established a heavy handed investment into venues that at one time was the very definition of gangster-hood ; indeed, government is now directly operating a gaming business, blatantly and shamelessly espousing, by smartly dressed marketing ploys, suggesting, (to its citizens) that one can get something for nothing, if one would only purchase a government owed lottery ticket. Naturally, private enterprise cannot compete with the government in this endeavor. Government has decided that instead of taxing the revenue it will keep all of the revenue and at the same time utilizes its enormous power to eliminate any and all competition.
Of course all of this government intrusion is for the benefit of the common good. It is said by those elected to represent the interest of the unwashed; that these monies are needed for education. Interesting declaration; is it not true that an educated person knows better than to put one’s money in a game that one cannot win? Or is it that the government with a slight of hand is condoning stupid as merely harmless entertainment that happens to service the interest of the common good. How interestingly Fabian of these elected officials, I can only assume, on-line betting, prostitution, marijuana, cocaine, and public execution for a fee is an inevitable feeder to the insatiable designs of an ever more powerful government.
It is not gaming or lottery that I am disturbed by; it is my government’s culpability and outright participation that is so upsetting. If private enterprise was engaged instead of the government I would not solicit or participate; however, properly, regulated with intense oversight, I would not be against a private company’s investment in this endeavor. But allowing the government to entrap its citizens by utilizing the righteousness that is intrinsic to the peoples’ governing body to directly own a gaming concern is a living breathing contradiction of a government’s moral a priori, principle of righteousness and virtuous character.
There is acquiescence, a submission by the common to the power of an omnipotent governing bureaucracy; the people have been divided by the slickness of various persuasions, be it the media, academic soothsayers, or pundits who hold truth on the tip of their tongue; additionally, the legislators’ purposeful ambiguity of the nation’s laws prompted by those who profit from such ambiguity and the abatement of general morality rounds up the public’s befuddlement and confusion.
The issue of individual rights and the government’s power to tax is an ancient contest. There is no winning; there is only the contesting. Presently, the people are over taxed and the government is apathetic and compliant to its design of growth in scope and power. There is an election on the horizon that determines the winner of the contest for the foreseeable future. More freedom and liberty or more taxes; a question and a battle cry; I do fear the outcome.