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alaskaone
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Date Posted:03/30/2012 10:05 AMCopy HTML

Property tax, after income tax, is one of the most corrosive forms of taxation in existance.  While income tax tells you that you are a slave to various governments, property tax tells you that nothing you worked for belongs to you unless you pay the squeeze.

Seems like maybe some folks are fighting back against property taxes... have a go at this report.

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2012/03/property-tax-revolution-in-north-dakota.html
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Re:Lights in the darkness; people are fighting back.

Date Posted:06/30/2014 4:40 PMCopy HTML

Come to the Dark Side. We have cookies. The advantage of insinuations over hard arguments is that they bypass critical thought. No one can respond precisely to a charge that is utterly vague or to accusers who will envelope any reply in a poisonous fog of further insinuations. ~ David Warren, The Guardian There was a time when there was enough freedom that it hardly mattered which brand of crooks ran government. That has not been true for a long time and that captures an important point. The more powerful the government becomes, the more people are willing to do in order to seize the prize, and the more afraid they become when someone else has control. ~ Glenn Harlan Reynolds “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve.” ― H.L. Mencken
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Re:Lights in the darkness; people are fighting back.

Date Posted:04/16/2015 12:04 AMCopy HTML

He knows what's at stake. He figures he'll lose his job of 11 years. And he could lose his tidy little house across from a pond with a fountain. And he could lose his freedom; he expects to be arrested for landing his flying machine near the steps of the Capitol. That means losing, at least temporarily, his Russian-born wife and his polite 12-year-old daughter who plays the piano and wins awards at the science fair. He has kept them in the dark, he said, for fear they'd be implicated.

Hughes is a slender, soft-spoken, pedantic man, with thinning gray hair and hearing aids. He has no criminal record and it's rare to hear him curse. But he says he needs the show, the very dramatic public act of civil disobedience, to hijack the news cycle and focus the nation's attention on a topic that in most quarters makes eyes glaze over: campaign finance reform. Money, he says, has corrupted the democracy.

At the root of Hughes' disdain is the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, in which the court decided campaign contributions were a form of "political speech" and struck down limits on how much corporations and unions could give to political contenders. The decision changed the game. Campaign spending went through the roof. In Hughes' mind, there was a parallel spike in favor-dealing and the government is now practically owned by the rich. Hughes likes to point out that nearly half the retiring members of Congress from 1998 to 2004 got jobs as lobbyists earning some 14 times their congressional salaries.

"We're heading full-throttle toward a breakdown," he said. "There's no question that we need government, but we don't have to accept that it's a corrupt government that sells out to the highest bidder. We can have a government that works for the people, that answers to the people, that can only take money from the people in small amounts."

But nobody seems to care. At least, nobody thinks it can be fixed. Polls have shown that 96 percent of Americans said they believe that it's important to reduce the influence of money in politics, but only 9 percent think that it is likely to happen.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/ruskin-mailman-tries-flying-to-capitol-in-gyrocopter-to-deliver-campaign/2225584

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Re:Lights in the darkness; people are fighting back.

Date Posted:04/16/2015 1:59 AMCopy HTML

 OK on the civil disobedience, but I disagree with his "cause".  I think large organizations of people (such as corporations) ought to be able to spend as much as they want during campaigns in defense of their own positions.
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Re:Lights in the darkness; people are fighting back.

Date Posted:04/16/2015 3:44 AMCopy HTML

        There are just certain things the government does better and needs funding to do.  Those who disagree with this concept can try Somalia.  Our tax code can be too complex and often punishes businesses for hiring American labor.  In our new world economy we need to overhaul our tax code be more competitive. We should get rid of all taxes on employers that tax them per employee head such as the payroll taxes.  The Fair Tax should certainly be implemented to a degree with an income tax as well on very high incomes.  Those who have benefited the most from our society should contribute more. 
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Re:Lights in the darkness; people are fighting back.

Date Posted:10/25/2017 7:44 AMCopy HTML

In the early 1990s, California tax authorities traveled to Las Vegas in pursuit of Gilbert Hyatt, an inventor who earned a fortune as the patent holder of the microcomputer. They staked out his home, dug through his trash, and hired a private eye to look into his background. He'd moved to Nevada in 1991, but California made a claim that the state was entitled to millions of his recent earnings.

What transpired over the next twenty-five years is a story of greed, harassment, anti-semitism, and the abuse of power. And it wasn't the first time that the California tax agency has strong-armed a former state resident. What's so unusual about Gilbert Hyatt is that he fought back—and won.

Cont... http://reason.com/reasontv/2017/10/23/gilbert-hyatts-25-year-battle-against-ca

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Re:Lights in the darkness; people are fighting back.

Date Posted:10/25/2017 4:50 PMCopy HTML

 Maybe the court should have ordered the social security numbers of the Franchise Tax Board's employees who were involved in this case to be published online.
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Re:Lights in the darkness; people are fighting back.

Date Posted:10/05/2018 6:29 PMCopy HTML

Took my girls to see Incredibles 2 and initially thought it was shaping up to be a travisty of feminist bs.  It was looking pretty awful but then this popped up and I thought maybe this is worthwhile after all... might even have been the point of the entire movie.  If it was, it's the most subversive movie I've seen in a very long time.

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Re:Lights in the darkness; people are fighting back.

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Re:Lights in the darkness; people are fighting back.

Date Posted:10/06/2018 3:57 PMCopy HTML

https://quillette.com/2018/10/04/why-assumptions-about-rising-inequality-are-wrong/


         ........Median income has increased by 80 percent since 1960........


That is a bit sluggish, just over 1% per year.  Histyorically the average was nearer 2% per year.

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Re:Lights in the darkness; people are fighting back.

Date Posted:10/07/2018 5:41 PMCopy HTML

In Great Britain, with changes in the type of work people do, and as capital has been reallocated from manufacturing to services, real household income has increased across every wage bracket. According to the Survey of Personal Incomes, families in the 90th percentile were paid 32 percent more in 2017 than they were in 1994. During this period, the bottom 20 percent experienced average annual real growth of between one percent and two percent, figures not matched by most of the rest of the income distribution range, so how can that old canard that “the poor keep getting poorer” possibly be true?

And according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), the percentage of the population who are in the absolute low-income bracket reduced from 88 percent in 1961 to 12 percent in 2016, and just under 20 percent after adjusting for housing costs. (Sources for following graphs from IFS here and here). This reflects global trends in which extreme poverty has been reduced across the world and in rich nations.



It's pretty danged miraculous considering that most of human history up to the 1900's was charecterized almost entirely by soul grinding poverty and agonizing death.

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Date Posted:10/07/2018 6:09 PMCopy HTML

Compound interest is like that.  Anyway;


https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/05/americas-new-aristocracy-live-accountability-free-zone-david-sirotaFri 5 Oct 2018

America's new aristocracy lives in an accountability-free zone


Accountability is for the little people, immunity is for the ruling class. If this ethos seems familiar, that is because it has preceded some of the darkest moments in human history............>

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Re:Lights in the darkness; people are fighting back.

Date Posted:10/08/2018 7:40 PMCopy HTML

America has no aristocracy, but it does have people with delusions of such grandeur. Deference is a significant problem for it enables such delusions. The money is good and who cares what people think of themselves. It’s a free country, and people rule. Unfortunately, so many people want to be just like them......
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Re:Lights in the darkness; people are fighting back.

Date Posted:10/08/2018 8:33 PMCopy HTML

America has no aristocracy,



Actually, it's sort of beginning to. There is a set of "brightest" that are more and more isolated from the rest of us. They attended the best schools, made the best connections, hold positions of influence in the professional worlds of business, politics, law, and academia. They mostly inter-marry and associate only among themselves. Their children are raised in exclusive settings, are generally bright, and generally join their parents in their exclusive lifestyles as adults. Even as they deviate on career choices, connections guide them toward the best positions, and they share a common set of core curricula as far as their views on society and ethics.

Most of us aren’t bright enough to join them. A 100 IQ is pushing it for real success in university, and half of us are dumber than that. If I remember right only about 15% of us are above 115 IQ, and most post-grad degrees are earn by higher IQs than that. It’s creating a professional class of inter-connected “ruling” elite. It’s nothing insidious, I don’t think, but it’s real. They’re better than most of us and they have the power of high intellect, high earnings, high-up connections, and a sort of blindness where the rest of us are concerned. And they are more influential in every aspect of policy making.  


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Re:Lights in the darkness; people are fighting back.

Date Posted:10/09/2018 12:43 AMCopy HTML

And we don't want one. 


Well, I don't want one.  Observing the behavior of an alarming number of my fellow Americans... can't say they seem to think the same.

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