WHERE HAS COMMON SENSE GONE? No. 13 Thomas Paine – November 2010
Paul Simon covered a lot of ground in his highly popular song, but he left out probably the most important thing…..liberty and the freedom from tyranny. I have no idea what his political persuasion was at the time he wrote Slip Slidin’ Away, but in fairness to him I will say he had not yet seen some of the excesses of a derelict judiciary, none of us had. Some of the excesses we have now been so adversely exposed to that have been detrimental to the national interest. The Earl Warren court was just then in the process of opening a new pathway that established as a precedent it was not always necessary to reach a high court decision based on constitutional grounds. “Social Fairness” should be given appropriate consideration. Continue reading →
“No taxation without representation” was the rallying cry of the United States Revolutionary war. The phrase, “taxation without representation is tyranny”, coined by James Otis, of that era, best represents the dissent of our Colonial ancestors.
The Atlantic Ocean separated them from their representative government. Today, with our representative government with us on the same continent, we are still hearing that sentiment. The problem was not then, nor is it now, distance or geological barrier. Oppressive taxation with representation is still tyranny.
At the Federal level, massive taxing, spending, and borrowing has caused our national public debt to reach an unsustainable $12.8 trillion at 90.4% GDP level in 2009. There are over 67,000 pages in our US Tax Code. From the Wall Street Journal to National Public Radio, everyone is saying, “We Still Need a Simpler Tax Code.” The IRS web site lists 46 pages of 1,134 tax forms, and 32 sheets of 784 tax publications. Our Tax Freedom Day, in 2010, is May 29. Albert Einstein, who died back in the 1950s, said that filing tax forms “. . . is too difficult for a mathematician. It takes a philosopher.” Today, filing tax forms has stumped even the philosophers.
by Art Helms
The word “blip” is defined as “a sudden temporary problem in the normal progress of something.” A single fire alarm blip may be simply a signal that the battery is low, or it could be an early warning that requires more attention, especially in the wee hours of the morning. Deep slumber weighted eyelids can cause that blip to be ignored, sometimes with tragic consequences.
On Tuesday, June 30th, 2009, such a blip showed as a “Time” news article, entitled “How Will Al Franken Make a Difference in the Senate?” This blip is one that should be considered a wake-up signal.
In short form, this blip would read “The Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously declared Al Franken the winner of the longest contest for U.S. Senate in the state’s history on June 30 . . . So at long last, Senate Democrats can celebrate the milestone they have dreamed of ever since the start of the last election campaign: a presumably filibuster-proof 60-vote majority in the U.S. Senate.”