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“An alternative would be to reduce the lodging tax, but since it is bringing in more money than expected then the tax isn't hurting the lodging industry.”
Those in the lodging industry might disagree. Most, if not all, would prefer to retain much of the tax money that is now confiscated by the city government. Doing so would allow those that invested their capital and take risk to decide how to spend their money rather than have the government make those decisions for them.
Excess tax revenues??? How easy it is to spend other people's money. Without constraint government will spend the private sector it plunders into bankruptcy. Are the August/September 2008 financial collapse, and the conditions that caused it, now ancient history? We are momentarily enjoying an echo bounce, primarily in the stock market not the economy, levitated purely by unlimited free credit created out of thin air extended to the very bankers and government that created the collapse. This will end. Save the tax money for there will be a time when there are not “excess” tax revenues.
We agree. Nearly everything government touches is distorted or destroyed in spite of what might be good intentions. Government’s role is to protect individual rights; which by definition includes property rights, and to provide for the common defense. Beyond these functions government is the opposite of free choice. Government is the opposite of freedom.
Absent government interference in the market affordable housing would develop organically via the law of supply and demand which simultaneously protects property rights. Keep the government out of this and everyone wins.
If you are stilling following the comments on your article, it was bad form on my part not to have complimented you on your article prior to launching into a lecture on the Constitution. Your well written letter demonstrates that you are a thinker who is well on the road to becoming politically and historically aware. I had something of a political awakening myself at your age when the federal government, driven by the Military Industrial Banking Complex, was drafting young men by the tens of thousands to fight an unconstitutional war in Viet Nam. The purported trigger for this war was a government orchestrated “false flag” operation called the “Gulf Of Tonkin Incident”. This unconstitutional war, like all of the elective wars (which is all but two which Americans have fought), had nothing to do with the defense of our country. When I found myself at Fort Ord in 1969, conscripted (enslaved) against my will, it began to dawn on me that the federal might not have my best interests at heart. Five of my high school friends were killed in this senseless war. This was the beginning of an awakening and my education in the real world. The following truths are never taught in government controlled schools for informed citizens are a threat to the State. This is by no means a complete list but hopefully they will give you a head start as you venture forth in the world.
The greatest obstacle to making money and keeping it is the government.
Government is corrupt by definition; it is the opposite of free will.
“Public Servants” serve themselves at the expense of the taxpayer.
The structure and operation of government as taught in Civics classes is a myth.
The existence of the State requires that the productive citizens upon which it preys be indoctrinated, thus our compulsory government schools complemented by a controlled media.
It is the nature of government to grow. It grows at the expense of the private sector and the individual liberty it was originally formed to protect.
Government doesn’t produce anything. It consumes and redistributes while enriching the professional political class along with the ruling class that controls the government.
Large governments require a large military in order to preserve and expand empire. Wars destroy wealth, with the exception of war profiteers.
Without the 2nd Amendment there would be no 1st, 3rd, 4th, et al. There would be no Constitution.
The Founders intended that the citizens be at least as well armed as the State for the 2nd Amendment is a check on an overreaching government.
Government and criminals are in favor gun control laws. Both prefer that their victims be unarmed.
Your letter is a testimony to the compulsory State factory school system. It displays a complete misunderstanding of the Constitution and its foundation. Progressives, who have controlled academia for generations, claim that the Constitution is a “living document” and the Supreme Court is the sole or final arbiter of what is constitutional. This is wrong on both counts. First, a “living document” usurps both the 9th and 10th Amendments. Second, although John Marshall’s opinion in Marbury v. Madison implies that the Supreme Court gave itself final judicial review on what is constitutional, the Supreme Court lacks the authority to alter the meaning the Constitution. Language changes with time but the Natural Rights codified in the Constitution do not. Acknowledging The Laws of Nature, the Framers memorialized the fact that people are born free, own themselves and are endowed with certain unalienable rights that may not be usurped by government. The Constitution and Bill of Rights codify these rights and create a framework for a strictly limited federal government that preserves individual liberty while providing for the defense of the confederated states. Power originates from the people and with their consent the federal government was created then granted specific, limited powers. Any laws, rules, agencies and their regulations created that do not fall within the strictly enumerated powers granted in the Constitution are unlawful for these are an attack on the people’s liberty.
The 2nd Amendment follows the 1st Amendment to ensure that We the People have the right to criticize the government and then retain the ability to defend ourselves if the State doesn’t like the content of our free speech. It is not by accident that the Framers made it clear that the right to bear arms “…shall not be infringed.” The limited enumerated powers granted to the government do not include the authority to dismantle the 2nd Amendment. To do so is an attack on the Constitution and therefore individual freedom.
Congratulations on your graduation. Don't let your schooling get in the way of your education.
Government is corrupt by definition. Then there is the old saying that a smart man will not steal less than $1 million.
Yes, Let’s look for ways to grow government with more taxes and social engineering. Here is an idea: how about downsizing government, limit it to protecting individual liberty and only providing the essential services that can not be better provided by the private sector.
Transportation should be private not public. Of course that ship sailed a long time ago. If there is to be yet another tax (which there shouldn't be) it should be paid for directly by the Ski Corp. and the merchants since they are the greatest beneficiaries.
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