This is a joke. The upside is it is easier than ever to spot establishment dis information. You'll see. People down south are well beyond race baiting attempts. We laugh about it over lunch at yall's WAC attempts to capitalize on whT you think are present prejudices in southerners. Were smarter than you Are and were ten steps ahead of you.
Think I found a new profession: writing anti-Paul articles. There doesn't seem to exist any corner of the internet too obscure for a negative article about Paul to go unnoticed. Many blogs find that the number of comments on all other posts get dwarfed by those of the Paul defenders on any anti-Paul post. So friends, if you want to be rich, write an anti-Paul article, post it and surround it with ads, ads, ads! The Paul supporters will cause the page view count to go through the roof.
The most intellectually dishonest are those that speak/write about someones values without educating themselves on that persons consistent stances or record.
Very lame article, maybe you should look into becoming a gossip columnist.
(and reiterating that Ayn Rands works are lacking doesn't exactly take anything above Philosophy 101 to show)
so do you paulites hang out in a forum or something or do you just google articles that shit talk paul and comment on them even if they're years old
This article is pure dis-information written by some paid establishment writer to discredit Ron Paul because he and the American people are onto your bosses mega scam.
Sorry, but the fed is the largest private corporation in the world. It robbed us blind printing money with the printing press giving all the members of it's cartel over 16 trillion. Why not have just printed 20 trillion and paid the national debt? Yea that's not a big issue if you are either ignorant or a salesman for the Fed or the military industrial complex. Ron Pauls top three contributors are the Navy, Airforce and Army. They don't want a half cocked warmonger pushing bombs for a prosperous economy. It doesn't work like that down south. We ain't with the bullshit. Represent ~ Dirty South
I found this article through a google search, and I have to say, CL is the WORST magazine with the most obnoxious writers I have ever witnessed in my LIFE. No wonder it's free. If I were to follow this author's logic, I'd bash the writer for CL that I personally met, but I think I will suffice it to say that you are spreading anti-Ron Paul propaganda AND SO IS THE MEDIA. The media blacks him out of the picture and does NOT make him out to be a good thing. He has so little support from big companies because guess what--he's not into big business or big government. So not only are you lying by saying something is occuring that isn't, but you are also misconstruing facts at a pretentious, idiotic, and elementary level, akin to teenagers gossiping about a girl they don't like. I am disgusted that such a gossipy, ill-researched publication even exists. Keep your word-of-mouth knowledge to yourself and research what you hear before writing it down to spread to the idiotic and trusting minds of others.
Dear Mr. Sugg. So now the GOP is the same as the clan? Whatever dude. You just lost all credibility. NEXT!!!!
The Fair Tax Plan
Years ago (on July 11th, 1993 to be exact) the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette published an original proposal to reform our broken tax system. It appeared under a provocative headline;
“It’s time to scrap the IRS and create an equitable tax system”
The non-partisan article (written by yours truly) explained how income and property taxes were illogical, unfair and prone to chaos and corruption. My revolutionary thesis proposed replacing invasive taxes with a simple excise or national sales tax.
In retrospect, anytime we grant government the power to tax income or property, individual freedom becomes a temporary illusion. Such intrusive taxes should not exist in a country that professes “liberty and justice for all.” With these tools in place, the State can slowly tax its way to absolute power. Once deprived of civil rights, our children and grandchildren might one day find themselves shackled under a new mode of serfdom and subject to the tyrannical whims of an elite oligarchy.
Can any government be trusted with direct taxing power? History says absolutely not! That is why our Founding Fathers, in their profound wisdom, drafted a Constitution that originally prohibited non-uniform, capitation (or head) taxes.
Karl Marx and the Income Tax
The graduated income tax was first promoted by Karl Marx in his Communist Manifesto of 1848. For those unfamiliar with political history, Marx was opposed to freedom and democracy. According to his Communist creed, the Sate would become supreme and citizens would become dependent upon the State for all their needs. Under Marx’s peculiar vision, traditional concepts such as private property and economic freedom were considered obstacles to the creation of a supreme State. For Communism to succeed such basic rights would have to come to an end.
In pursuance of his objective, Marx introduced the idea of the graduated income tax as a major plank in his manifesto. Like a choker chain, an income tax would enable the State to thoroughly manage and control it’s subjects while robbing them of the fruit of their labor.
He also proposed a central banking monopoly as another major plank for establishing Communist power.
Karl Marx was clearly a man without a soul. His Communist caste system has been tried and failed. His propositions are diametrically opposed to the American way of life. That is why a lot of brave Americans have spilled blood and died to stop the specter of communism, yet it continues to linger somehow, like a ghost in the attic.
It was during the administration of Woodrow Wilson, who was surrounded by Marxist advisors such as Edward Mandel House, that two of the major planks of the Communist Manifesto were railroaded into law. The Federal Reserve Act created a central banking monopoly and the 16th Amendment authorized an income tax. This diabolical combination has drastically altered the meaning and spirit of our U.S. Constitution. The moment these planks became law is when “We the People” began to lose control over our destiny.
Today, after millions of bankruptcies, home foreclosures, bank takeovers and corporate crashes, all due to a spendthrift government, Marx’s socialist vision seems to be creeping into reality. But it is not too late to reverse the direction. We still have a chance to preserve our American legacy by demanding reform of our national tax code.
“Vigilance is the price of liberty!”
We owe it to our children and grandchildren to take immediate action. In order to preserve liberty and save the economy we must first establish a single tax that will satisfy all the elements of thrift, efficiency, simplicity, uniformity and fairness. The only way to do that is to replace Marx’s income tax with a national sales or excise tax.
A sales tax is the only tax that is fair and uniform because everyone pays the same percentage. With a national sales tax you can determine how much tax you pay by the way you spend your money. If you decide to save or invest your money, you would pay no tax at all. And in spite of the false claims of Marxism, a sales tax is not regressive but progressive because wealthier citizens who spend the most will be taxed the most. To make it even more progressive, luxuries and vices could be taxed at a higher rate than basic necessities such as food and medicine...which could be tax free. And sales taxes are easiest to compute and collect. So all the positive elements mentioned before are therefore satisfied. You simply can’t do that with an income tax or a property tax. It’s mathematically impossible.
The elimination of the income tax would create the biggest stimulus in U.S. history. It would supercharge the purchasing power of millions of workers. Imagine taking home your gross paycheck free of deductions. Such a big raise would quickly translate into a greater demand for products and greater savings. Multiply that times every worker in America and the economy would go... BOOM!
By eliminating payroll taxes, millions of American businesses would be free from non-productive paperwork and unnecessary accounting costs. The elimination of payroll taxes would lower the price of American products at home and overseas and enable us to better compete in foreign markets. The resulting drop in prices will most likely absorb and neutralize the initial impact of a national sales tax.
Abolishing Marx’s income tax would also enable our government to excuse thousands of IRS bureaucrats, engaged in non-productive arithmetic. Their Gestapo days of terrorizing hard working Americans would come to an end. And due to the increased business activity sparked by abolishing income taxes, the government would actually reap more revenue from the sales tax. The combination of less bureaucracy and more revenue should enable them to balance the federal budget and pay down the national debt.
Replacing the income tax with a sales tax right now would send positive shockwaves across the marketplaces of America. It would make life much easier for everyone including our government. It’s a win/win proposition.
After my article appeared, numerous phone calls came in from readers supporting my thesis. One kind gentleman sent a letter to the editor to nominate me for U.S. President. I must admit, it was good for my spirit and ego. There were also suggestions to organize a political action committee, but I had no free time to become politically active again. My intent was to introduce the idea in the hope that someone with political muscle might read it and take it to heart.
Birth of the Fair Tax Movement
Today it appears the idea has caught on in a big way. In 1995 a group of Houston businessmen, led by Leo E. Linbeck, Jr., spent millions of dollars to conduct academic research on the subject. Their positive findings compelled them to launch the Fair Tax movement.
I was unaware of this until I started following Mike Huckabee’s campaign for President. Apparently the Fair Tax movement made great progress in Iowa during the Presidential primary. Huckabee learned about the Fair Tax movement while campaigning in Iowa and he immediately adopted the plan. In his recent book, “Do The Right Thing,” he attributes his success in Iowa to his position on the Fair Tax Plan and gives it some of the credit for his amazing second place finish behind John McCain.
And now a bill to enact the Fair Tax into law is pending before Congress. It is gradually attracting co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle. And Missouri, the “Show Me State,” has become the first test case. They recently replaced their state income tax with the Fair Tax.
I’m very excited by all this. Could it be possible that my letter to the editor, published here in Little Rock, was the tiny spark that ignited the Fair Tax movement? I certainly like to think so. One should never underestimate the power of the pen. It can sometimes alter the course of history.
After reading the comments, I am once again reminded of the historian Dr. John Hope Franklin when he stated that "racism is a form of mental illness."
atlanta totally sucks all the way around. crime rules the streets. panhandling is out of control,and the drinking water flows from polluted lakes. what in hell is so great about being southern? was'nt it the south where slavery was discovered?
All prospects of a negative outcome deter some. It is a truism. The death penalty, the most severe of criminal sanctions, is the least likely of all criminal sanctions to violate that truism.
25 recent studies finding for deterrence, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation,
"Deterrence and the Death Penalty: A Reply to Radelet and Lacock"
"Death Penalty, Deterrence & Murder Rates: Let's be clear"
"The Death Penalty: More Protection for Innocents"
Fairtax is pure nonsense, and their own leaders know it. They have no intention of passing their own plan.
They know a massive tax on food, shelter, gas, medical cost, rent, ect would be VERY unpopular. They know that no Congressman on earth will try to make a cancer victim pay 100K sales tax on their chemo and surgery.
But cancer care would have 100K in just the SALES tax.
Its one thing to pretend you are for "Fairtax" but no one will ever vote for this, because the people would poop their pants and probably lynch anyone who tried to put massive taxes on their food, rent, medical cost, everythign they spend.
K - you are dead on! The current tax code is way too complicated and lengthy of a process. I long for the day when April 15th is just another beautiful spring day! The fair tax would be so much simplier and the only things to change on it are the percentages of tax to balance out societal needs of government.
Serioulsy though - the VAT tax is coming our way on top of our current tax structure though...
I can't wait for that! It is going to be great!
Please keep spending government! Don't stop now - the tax payers got your back! Spend us into a third world nation! Please!!!!!
Ahhhh. The power of Denial. I don't care what you think won't work. Nothing from government is ever fine tuned. Sure, the fair tax will have flaws, it's taking money from our pockets and that's a huge flaw, but at least the people can choose to bend over for your government entitlement programs when we damn choose too. 1 point for Fair tax. minus 1 point for your "so called" income tax.
Sugg is a lying gas bag of filth!
RON PAUL 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fairtax -- is that still around?
You do know that Fairtax is a massive hidden tax on cities and states, right?
In Fairtax fine print, in the back of two books, as hidden as they can make it, Fairtax claims MOST of government revenue will NOT come from people -- but the GOVERNMENT itself will pay it.
Read the Fairtax Book, page 148 "The federal government ITSELF will become a MAJOR taxpayer"
Then in the back of Fairtax Answer Book, page 138-142, we learn every city and state (and every gov agency except education) will pay it.
Say whut? Fairtax supports admit now, this means a tax on medicare, a tax on every police department, every prison, a tax on the military.
Which is all fine and good -- but two questions.
1) WHERE are all these governmente agencies and entities going to GET the money...
2) WHY didn't Fairtax tell any city or state about this?
When was Fairtax gonna spring this little (two trillion dollar little) surprise?
Did Fairtax think they would just pass this farce, then say, oh, by the way cities and states -- PAY UP.
I mean its absurd NONSENSE. It's not a little nonsense, its absurd.
Furthermore, Fairtax knows this -- thats why they hid this nonsense.
Fairtax now claims they didn't tell cities and states about this two trillion dollar tax -- because cities and states would SAVE that much.
Oh - so that's why. For 13 years, Fairtax just assumed states and cities won't need to know?
Google Fairtax absurdity. It's a lot goofier than you probably realize.
I worked 20 years in AJC's production department and I too blame Cox management for AJCs demise but I disagree with Mr. Suggs reasoning. Newspapers are doomed because the cost of newsprint, labor, and energy make it impossible for them to compete against electronic forms of communication. And they have only themselves to blame because of their untenable support for all things liberal. Dont let Mr. Suggs Nixon Derangement Syndrome fool you. AJCs Stalinist purge of moderate and conservative journalist ended years ago. It doesnt matter how many left-wing purporters AJC employees, its WHO buys newspapers thats important. Liberals may be great at throwing other peoples money around but theyre pretty stingy with their own money. Liberals dont buy newspapers because theyre cheap and advertisers arent stupid! So why does AJC continue to pander to people who dont buy newspapers?
I just wonder what those savvy "technocrats" have really accomplished.. besides tearing our city apart.
Our schools are among the worst in the region, and our gifted leadership hired a superintendent from Mississippi, a place where they are 50th in the rankings..
Our current Mayor's family's has ties to a "mafia".. http://tinyurl.com/dkmwhk
At the City Parks Dept...Amateur teams rent fields by paying on invoices that are not generated by an accounting system, but by a MS Word document and a hand calculator. The checks go to Parks.. not to the Main controller.
The Water department has been all over the news for at least 3 years.. Myself, I was on CBS because of my water bill along with several other City of Atlanta residents.
And if these technocrats did such a good job.. then why cant the Mayor's office make a full report to council on where the $140million dollars disappeared to?
And YES. we need a 3rd party audit. We should have one every year, like any publically traded company would have in the private sector.
We might even want to invite the FBI to do some forensic accounting..
City of Atlanta has no accountability, no means to report accurately where the money went.
Our city would be far better off if these technocrats DID LEAVE!
Did I miss anything here?
Mary Norwood is not perfect.
But.. she is a ethical, fair-minded, forward thinking straightshooter who does her very best to serve the citizens she represents. Nuff said.
What Kennedy doesn't understand is that his electric fences will not protect him from a croud of angry Montanans. The average Montanan can hit a man-sized target at 700 yards. He won't last long when the U.S. falls into economic chaos!!
If you aint from Montana, KEEP OUT!
It is obvious that the author has spent a lot of effort and money learning how to game the current income tax system. He is angry that the rules will change to a system he cannot game. He will lose his advantage over the "ditto heads." That is what he is angry about.
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