Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Is Big Brother Becoming a Bully?

I'd have to answer that question with a YES! You know, you just can't trust a bully and you never know who or what he's going to go after next. We are all aware of the cameras over the stop lights in many communities now. Remember what they were "originally" supposed to be for? Or at least what we were told. The cameras were supposed to be there for safety, for monitoring the traffic flow, so if the timing needed to be changed, it could be. Well, BB has come a long way baby. BB is short for Big Brother, as I'll be using it throughout the blog. In many cities, tickets can now be sent through the mail for running those red lights with cameras sitting over them. And once some of the cities have seen that revenue, more ideas have come to the table. Seems Red lights are making city government see "green!" An insurance company, an arm of BB says the camera at the intersection can also run the plates and uninsured motorists can be fined through the mail. So far, the only bright spot of BB becoming so big is there will be fewer Barney Bad-butt traffic cops. Obviously the importance of many laws is not for our protection, but rather for government revenue, which brings me to the next sign of bullying. Even with all the federal funding we the people are providing, and the federal government is offering to the states, it seems the states need more money. Through taxation is the plan. Trillions of dollars of debt into the next three generations just isn't enough. So they are going to tax, tax, tax. We will see the cigarette tax tomorrow, and Kentucky is thinking of hiking the price of bourbon with taxes. Don't need prohibition, who can afford the taxes in the recession? New York was at one time going to have a tax for everything, fat, thin, golf, skiing, you name it. I haven't read about a tax for breathing yet, but . . . give 'em time. I kind of chuckled when I read that the legal brothels in Nevada were considering adding a state tax per "transaction." This would change the tax laws from an actual purchase to taxing services. Then what's next? There's always been a difference on any bill between parts and labor, merchandise and service. Once they tax brothel transactions, it's just a matter of time before the doctor will add tax, the beautician will add tax, and the undertaker will add tax.
Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within few days it shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle. a prophet of Holy Scripture
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