Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University and well known liberty loving commentator who has long spoke of the injustice of taxation and links it to state sponsored robbery. His view can be validated in the following statement.
“Government income redistribution programs produce the same result as theft. In fact, that’s what a thief does; he redistributes income. The difference between government and thievery is mostly a matter of legality.”
Can anyone argue that one does not pay taxes under threat of punishment by the federal government? Imagine, if you refused to pay the state. At best, you would be fined and at worst, you would be both fined and jailed.
Thomas Sowell, another brilliant economist and liberty loving commentator also spoke of the questionable action by the state when they take the fruits of labor from one hard-working individual and give it to another.
“What do you call it when someone steals someone else’s money secretly? Theft. What do you call it when someone takes someone else’s money openly by force? Robbery. What do you call it when a politician takes someone else’s money in taxes and gives it to someone who is more likely to vote for him? Social Justice”.
Are there any flaws in Williams’ or Sowell’s theses?
Leftist-statist fascism is in the news daily and there is no more non-tolerant place than American college campuses. These left leaning institutions have always supported state control of the economy and redistribution policy however, since the 2016 election, the statists have moved to a proscription against speech and freedom of association.
This contagion has spread beyond the traditional east and west coast statist bastions to small lower tier educational institutions in the Midwest.
spoke of a situation that could have been reported in 1930s Nazi Germany. This story is upsetting to any freedom loving American but it gets worse. There is a strong move among these same statists to create an economic crisis by not paying their obligations and then, get taxpayers to foot the bill for their obligated student loan debt.
To correct this we must remove the state from any and all influence in higher education and enforce the rights expressed in the US Constitution. Failure to do so will result in a loss of freedom and a very large tax bill to bailout students by paying off their debt.
The days of freedom are fading fast in America. Our access to information will be further filtered by the government via a statist supported corporation. Lest you believe this libertarian is over reacting, please consider the announcement by Google today.
What any freedom loving American should be afraid of is the following:
The review teams — comprised of contractors known as “quality raters” — already comb through websites and other content to flag questionable items such as pornography. Google added “upsetting-offensive” in its latest guidelines for quality raters. Google declined to comment on the changes, which were reported in the blog Search Engine Land and elsewhere.
This begs the question, who decides what is “upsetting-offensive”? One will have to be quite naïve to think the new filters will not favor statist information and positions over facts and free thought given Google’s connections with the state. Look at this dated article and shudder, it is likely even more connected to the state today. In a old 2010 piece on techeye.net, the links between Google and the state are immense.
Some background. Google’s DC office contains 30 employees, nine of whom are registered lobbyists. In addition to this, Google has hired six to seven lobbying firms. Four management-level Google employees have accepted positions within the Obama Administration, and Eric Schmidt, CEO, and John Doerr, Board Member, served as Obama appointees on a key advisory board.
Given this, please support libertarian candidates even if they are lacking in purity.
In their misguided attempt to ‘help’ low wage earners, statists have increased the minimum wage to the point where Wendy’s, the Dublin based fast food company, is reducing their purchases of minimum wage labor and instead, adopting automated Kiosks where customers can place orders to reduce labor costs. These Kiosks will likely replace many minimum wage workers and will spread beyond Wendy’s.
“Last year was tough — 5 percent wage inflation,” said Bob Wright, Wendy’s chief operating officer, during his presentation to investors and analysts last week. He added that the company expects wages to rise 4 percent in 2017. “But the real question is what are we doing about it?”
Wright noted that over the past two years, Wendy’s has figured out how to eliminate 31 hours of labor per week from its restaurants and is now working to use technology, such as kiosks, to increase efficiency.1
When will statists ever learn basic economic principles? If labor costs rise and the business owner cannot raise their prices to offset the rise in their costs, they will cut costs.
Malone, J. D. “Wendy’s to install ordering kiosks in 1,000 stores this year.” Columbus Dispatch. N.p., 28 Feb. 2017. Web. 28 Feb. 2017.
An article on ZeroHedge titled, “It Was A Pretty Disturbing Briefing”: Why State Governors Suddenly Got Cold Feet About Obamacare Repealspoke about the difficulty the states see in the new administration’s efforts to repeal Obamacare. The crux of the problem is the statists’ fear of the wrath of people who lose government funded healthcare and the vast amount of federal money in play for the states to quickly repeal and/or replace Obamacare. The article makes it clear as shown in the quote below; governors fear the back lash from those forced off of the dole and of the loss of federal funding for their Medicaid programs if changes are made to Obamacare.
“Tens of thousands who would not be able to afford their coverage and would lose their coverage,” Democratic Governor Jay Inslee of Washington said after the closed-door meeting. “It was a pretty disturbing briefing.”
In non-statist speech, the governor of Washington was simply saying that taking these people off of the public dole would be politically untenable – the MSM would have a field day reporting how evil politicians are hurting Americans and how irresponsible governors are for ever growing state budget deficits.
I suspect other governors beyond Inslee, both Democratic and Republican, feel the same as they are more concerned with keeping their positions of power by keeping everyone happy rather than face the truth of the debt ridden situation Obamacare places America’s finances into. This is not a right vs. left issue but one of survival of statist politicians. From the same article:
On Friday, Kasich called House Republicans’ initial plans to replace the health-care law “inadequate.” Kasich, a former Republican presidential candidate, didn’t go into details during brief remarks to reporters after a meeting Friday with President Donald Trump. “To me, it’s not acceptable,” Kasich said. The governor, who opened Ohio’s Medicaid program to more low-income people under Obamacare, has advocated maintaining the Medicaid expansion. He has said the income limit for the program should be lower.
Whether one believes it or not, once the ink was dry on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) the die was cast. With Obamacare as the first step, America is heading towards socialized medicine and likely financial Armageddon. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in their March 2016 report shows this in the large and growing expenditures the federal government is making to support ACA.1
The federal government subsidizes health insurance for most Americans through a variety of federal programs and tax preferences. In 2016, those subsidies for people under age 65 will total more than $600 billion, the Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimate. (The government also bears significant costs for health insurance for people 65 or older, mostly through Medicare and Medicaid).
Like the metaphor about the frog in boiling water, Obamacare is mechanism the statists are using to control America’s healthcare system.
Federal Subsidies for Health Insurance Coverage for People Under Age 65: 2016 to 2026. Rep. Washington, DC: Congressional Budget Office, 2016. Print.
Education — especially in a world where academic knowledge, strong skills, and technical knowhow are required to obtain a ‘good paying’ job — is too important to have a near monopoly by the state given their dismal track record in progressing our students’ knowledge and capabilities. While education’s value goes well beyond career training, obtaining a job its subsequent paycheck is critical to a person’s survival and their economic and social mobility in twenty-first century America. Obtaining superior education and training are paramount in the aforementioned endeavor.
According to a study co-authored by National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) and the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce healthcare, community service, and STEM are projected to be the fastest growing career clusters in the next several years.1 For the most part, securing one of these careers will require having experienced very strong classroom instruction leading to real measurable learning of the fundamentals of reading, writing, and mathematics. Considering the sophisticated American economy that is being projected, can we expect students to become employed in these highly skilled jobs with the same quality of education and knowledge students of the nineteen-seventies possessed?
In terms of the states’ contribution to our students’ knowledge and skills, one can look at The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) which is a seemingly well accepted nationally representative assessment of how our state dominated educational system is performing. The results show their performance is not improving. Historical data highlights the fact American high school student achievement has stagnated for forty years the essential subjects of reading and math.2
The charts below show flat reading and math scores for America’s high school students going back to the nineteen-seventies.
Overall, the states’ educational system is not providing what students require to succeed in the twenty-first century when measured by the abysmal rates of obtaining career qualifying credentials such as an ‘earned’ high school diploma, apprenticeship completion, or a ‘legitimate’ college degree within a field meeting the needs of future employers.
Faced with stagnant performance for nearly forty years, most other fields outside of the state dominated educational system would look at themselves and likely embrace changes to their systems. For the future of our youth and nation, should not the state dominated educational system do the same?
Carnevalle, Anthony, Nicole Smith, and Jeff Strohl. “Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements Through 2020.” CEW Georgetown. Georgetown University, June 2013. Web. 25 Feb. 2017.
“Summary of Major Findings.” NAEP – 2012 Long-Term Trend: Summary of Major Findings. US Department of Education, 2012. Web. 25 Feb. 2017.