Taxes and Spending

The topic has come up several times in the past month or so about taxes and/or spending and what I would do about them, so let me lay out my path here:

This problem is two fold: the taxation system isn’t fair, and because of inordinate amounts of spending, the State needs a great deal of revenue somehow.
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When Political Ideology Strikes Home

When political ideology strikes home, a man truly faces gut check time, particularly if that man’s politics is at least slightly in the public sphere, as mine are through this blog and my actions with the Libertarian Party, among other things.

As a Libertarian, I oppose any government mandates on what kinds of coverage insurance companies must offer.
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Something We Need to Remember

Non-interventionism applies to EVERY internal affair of another nation, even internal conflicts where we feel one side is fighting for their basic human freedoms.

I’ve seen a lot of libertarians, both ‘L’ and ‘l’, getting worked up about the ‘crisis’ in Iran and saying we need to support the Iranians and even a few have gone so far as to say our government needs to get involved.
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Sound Familiar?

Another cause was the fact that First Leader fought many wars, bringing the nation to the verge of bankruptcy, and Second Leader supported the dissidents during another country’s Revolution, exacerbating the precarious financial condition of the government. The national debt amounted to almost two billion [dollars, this was from a long time ago]. The social burdens caused by war included the huge war debt, made worse by the leadership’s military failures and ineptitude, and the lack of social services for war veterans. The inefficient and antiquated financial system was unable to manage the national debt, something which was both caused and exacerbated by the burden of a grossly inequitable system of taxation. Another cause was the continued conspicuous consumption of the rich, especially the [White House and Congressional leadership], despite the financial burden on the populace. High unemployment and high bread prices caused more money to be spent on food and less in other areas of the economy. There was too little internal trade and too many customs barriers.

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Education in 1984

Note: 1984 was published 60 years ago today, and in honor of that occassion I am re-posting this article. This was actually one of the first political blog posts I ever wrote, back way before the idea for had ever entered my head and I was still doing everything in Myspace.
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My Plan to Solve Georgia’s Voter Verification Problem

Thursday, I wrote about Karen Handel’s problems with the US Department of Justice, specifically the face that DOJ ruled some of the procedures her office as Secretary of State put in place for voter verification purposes. In fact, the DOJ had found that sixty percent of those people the Secretary of State’s office had listed as ‘non-citizens’ were, in fact, citizens.

I’ve been asked by some, including Peach Pundit’s Icarus and others connected to Ms. Handel’s Governor campaign, about what specifically I would do differently.
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School Proms and Non-Interventionism

Sometimes local control means the locals do things that you don’t agree with. This could mean Shari’a in Iraq, gun bans in England… or private racially segregated proms here in Georgia.

As usual this time of year, the ‘main stream’ media – specifically the New York Times – has picked up on the story of continued racially segregated proms, this time here in Georgia in Montgomery County.
[Continue Reading] Interview with Austin Scott, Part 2: Democratic Candidates and The Question

After Rep. Scott talked about why he was running for Governor and what he thought about his GOP Primary opponents, we discussed his potential Democratic Party challengers in the General Election and The Question on everyone’s minds – will he drop out of the Governor’s race to challenge Jim Marshall for the 8th Congressional District instead?
[Continue Reading] Interview with Austin Scott, Part 1: Why Governor and Other GOP Candidates

After Carlton’s article on State Rep Austin Scott (R-Tifton) ran this past Sunday, I contacted his campaign via its website to ask about interviewing him for this site. To my surprise, I not only heard back from them within 24 hours, but I was sitting down with Mr. Scott himself by the middle of the week.

Talking to the man, he came across as very sincere, honest, and open. He is a man deeply committed to his family before his political career, and that came across as very genuine in my talk with him – not just the cliche that you would typically associate with a politician mentioning his family.

Note: I will post the full, unedited audio once this series is complete. I wouldn’t want to ruin any surprises, but I have said I will post it for transparency, and I will. Note that I am already posting the audio for each segment and that this was recorded in a local Starbucks here in Albany, hence the various background noises. It was also the first interview I’ve ever conducted, and first time I’ve ever attempted to transcribe anything, so please forgive any goofs on my part. 😀 [Continue Reading]

Monsters and the Weak: A Response to Yesterday Morning’s “Small Town Soapbox”

I typically listen to KCountry 104.5 in the mornings on my way to work because they syndicate a morning show out of the northern suburbs of Atlanta from a man that I grew up listening to on Kicks 101.5, Moby in the Morning. I don’t remember him doing this ‘Small town Soapbox’ every morning when I was growing up, but it is a daily feature of his show now, and generally it is pretty good.

Yesterday morning’s, however, irked me a bit – which is something Moby admits is occasionally his intention.
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