Thursday, August 23, 2012

Criminalizing non-criminal behavior and taxing life... They're out to get you folks anywhich way they can!

Source: Politics Alabama

Hate Crime Lunacy in New York

I have said for years that I think we should not have hate crimes written into our laws. Why? For one thing, these laws can criminalize non-criminal behavior based solely upon the motive.

Take this recent example. Apparently, a group of muslims gathered in a New York field to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Anticipating this celebration, somebody had placed three packages of uncooked bacon in that field, along with a note.

Police are investigating this incident as a hate crime.
"Pieces of uncooked bacon were scattered at a New York field where Muslims gathered to celebrate the end of Ramadan – an incident police are investigating it as a hate crime, authorities said Monday.

"Organizers found the bacon on a section of the John D'Amato Field, in New Dorp, Staten Island, where about 1,500 people gathered Sunday to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of dawn-to-sunset fasting during Ramadan.

"The celebration was not marred by the crime because organizers did not inform those gathered until after the celebration had concluded."
Crime? What crime? Is leaving packages a bacon lying in a field actually a crime? If so, please tell me what law was broken. And if you say littering I'm going to laugh in your face.
Would it be a crime if they'd left packages of bacon in a field just before a poultry and egg association gathering? I hardly think so. Somebody would have quietly cleaned up the bacon and thrown it away. No, in this case authorities decided that the reason the bacon was left is because of hate, and therefore the hate crime laws CREATED this "crime." In this case, a non-criminal action has been elevated to a felony because of WHY it happened.


The Constitution does not give us the right to "not be offended." And that's basically all the bacon would have done, offended those gathered there that day. But to label it a hate crime and pursue felony charges? Lunacy. Not every objectionable act should be a crime.

With this kind of thing going on, YOU could be charged with a hate crime for any action, whether that action is criminal or not. All that has to happen is for some law enforcement official to decide your motive was hate, and that's all she wrote for you.

Make no mistake, people, though this case sounds ludicrous, the fact that a non-criminal act is now a felony perfectly illustrates how bad hate crime laws can be. All such laws should be repealed today, for the good of us all.
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Monday, July 2, 2012
A thought struck me a few moments ago, and I decided to share it with you.

Let's look at the practical effects of taxes. A tax is a disincentive... that is, a tax makes people less inclined to perform the behavior or use the product taxed. This is why taxes on cigarettes are so draconian, to discourage people from smoking. If they can't afford it, they'll be less likely to smoke.

This same truth is why Obama's tax increases on individuals and businesses hurt the economy, because they are taxing (one might even say penalizing) productive and profitable behavior.

For those wanting more information on taxes as disincentives to the targeted behavior, I recommend these two links.

So the higher taxes rise on something, the less likely we are to continue doing it.

ObamaCare is essentially taxing life. If you are living in this country, you must pay this tax or even more for health insurance. Given all this, might not a young couple thinking about children decide that they cannot afford the expense of having a child?

And this raises the question: If taxes make us less likely to do something, do we really want to tax life? And if we go ahead with this, might we run into a situation in the future where birth rates decline because families simply can't afford the tax burden associated with having kids?

It's something to think about...

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
A Thought On SCOTUS Ruling
Have you ever gone into a bar and been stopped at the door to pay a cover charge? By SCOTUS decree, the United States of America IS that bar, and every baby born must pay that cover charge.

For the first time in history, SCOTUS has ruled that a tax on living is legal... isn't that basically what the individual mandate does?

Congress can't levy a tax on voting (poll tax), but they can levy a tax on living. Amazing.

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