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The Socialist States of America

Posted in Opinion, Politics, Second American Revolution with tags , , , on November 15, 2014 by

Federal and municipal governments now own just about everything of value in America, such as roads, land, buildings and labor. Anything that is taxed (including fees) is owned by the government.

Take for example, your home.
You paid either the builder or the previous owner a sum equal to the fair market value of that home. If you did not also pay fees and taxes on that sale, the use of that property would not have been transferred to you, thanks to the government. During the lifetime of your exclusive use of that property, annual taxes are imposed on you by the government for your continued use of that property. If you should fail to pay those taxes to the government, the government is free to take back exclusive use of that property and resell that use to another person. You have no recourse.

Take for example, your labor.
The government owns your labor to the extent that if you fail to pay the government a portion of your wages, the government not only can force your employer to pay them directly, but can seize whatever assets you control to make up the difference. If you continue to not pay the government for the privilege of working, you will lose not only your wages, but your liberty as they will certainly incarcerate you as punishment.

Take for example, the roads.
The government takes part of your purchase price of gasoline in exchange for your ability to use your motor vehicle upon them. If you do not pay the government for the privilege of using the roads, you are reduced to walking. Electric cars, bicycles and public transportation each have their own sets of payment to the government.

Take for example, your business.
The government has devised numerous aspects of your business, the use of which require you to pay the government in order to continue to operate your business. Failure to pay the government for any of those uses will result in the government taking away your business and even your liberty.

  • So it goes at every turn. The government has hundreds, if not thousands of pay-to-play schemes to take your money, and take your assets and liberty if you choose to not pay. If you owned the assets and labor you think you own, the government couldn’t take them away from you. The government does own them and can take away your use of any of them anytime you stop paying them for the use of them.
  • The government is the ultimate owner of not only all of America’s means of production, but also the labor, land and buildings.
  • “We” are the government and we own you, and everything you use.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen


The planet Scott

Posted in taxes with tags , , , , , , , on February 3, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

No online Sales taxFlorida Governor Rick Scott says he wants a “revenue-neutral level playing field” when it comes to collecting sales taxes for both online and brick-and-mortar retail sales.

But, instead of everyone paying the same tax on the same items, thereby adding to badly needed state tax revenues, Scott wants to collect up to one billion dollars in new online taxes so that he can REDUCE offline taxes by the same amount.

Not only is this plan not “on the level”, it is not well thought out.

Scott and the rest of his Tallahassee toadies demonstrate no clue how to actually collect sales taxes from online, out of state companies.

They don’t even know how to collect online sales taxes already required of Florida residents.

Also, if The State collects 6% online sales taxes, what about counties such as Hillsborough which need a few extra pennies to pay for things like stadiums for the Bucs (and maybe the Rays)?

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

Job Creators use Swiss banks to avoid taxes

Posted in Job-creators, Second American Revolution, taxes with tags , on January 9, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

U.S. authorities, who suspect that tens of thousands of Americans have been using Swiss banks to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes, are investigating scores of Swiss banks and international banks with Swiss operations.

So, not only are the so-called Job Creators in this county “on strike” in the creation of jobs for unemployed Americans, they are illegally taking their profits out of the county in order to avoid paying taxes.

The Job Creators complain that they cannot hire American workers because corporate taxes are too high, yet they pay others to help them avoid paying taxes on their incomes that the rest of us have to pay.

Wonder why teachers, police and firefighters are getting laid-off?

This is just one more example in a long history of abuses by the 1% that ultimately harm the 99%.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

The taxman commeth

Posted in Hillsborough County, FL, taxes with tags , , on December 28, 2011 by verbumsapienti2

The S.P. Times (Tampa Bay Times)  offers up their opinion that internet-only retailers should pony-up sales taxes on items sold, but offer no opinion on just how exactly that might be accomplished, since for example, every Florida county sets its own tax rates.

Unless you collect sales taxes by county to pay for things like Hillsborough’s Raymond James Stadium, how do you get Florida or U.S. residents to support the Bucs with a state or nationwide sales tax?

Work out the details please, so that We The People can then vote on raising our taxes.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

The sound of three hands clapping

Posted in Job-creators, taxes with tags , , , , on December 27, 2011 by verbumsapienti2

 applauseU.S. Reps Billirakis, Nugent and Young used some variation of the concept of “certainty” six times in their recent short letter to the editor, pounding their collective chests over how effective they see themselves.

 It was Benjamin Franklin, who wrote in a 1789 letter that:

“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

 Let’s compare the nature of taxes individuals pay, vs. what corporations pay.

Corporations pay taxes on profits; individuals on income.

This means that corporations are taxed only on the money that is remaining from income, after all expenses are paid.

Individuals are taxed on all income, before most expenses are paid.

If our Dear Representatives want “certainty” and a “permanent” solution, let them reform the entire tax code so that every individual and every corporation pay fixed percentages of every dollar earned regardless of expenses paid, with no tax incentives for anyone.

If every Job Creator knew, with certainty that say 10% of every dollar that came into their cash register would go to support national defense, health, education and welfare, they could then confidently make business decisions, including hiring workers to run their businesses in the most profitable manner possible in order to hold on to as much of that remaining 90%.

 Business regulations should be limited to those protecting consumers’ safety and well-being.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

Online travel booking sites are good for Florida

Posted in Job-creators, News, Politics, taxes with tags , , on August 1, 2011 by

Carol Dover of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association complains about the “lost sales tax” when online hotel booking sites pay tax on the wholesale cost of the room and not the retail cost.

What she fails to note is that all of these  online hotel booking sites aggressively advertise and promote Florida travel at NO cost to the state!

Whenever a hotel room is rented, the traveler pays a hefty room tax: the “head in the bed” tax. Where does that room tax go? That tax goes to local and state tourism boards to pay for advertising and promotion.

Instead of costing the state lost taxes, the online hotel booking sites actually help generate revenue for the state. Her salary is paid in part through the efforts of the online hotel booking sites, and it costs her nothing.

Before Florida legislators go off the deep end to raise taxes on these sites, look at what happened to California which recently enacted a state sales tax on online purchases. promptly shut down 20,000 California-based online businesses selling Amazon products through their sites.

Think about it Carol. There are 50 states with different taxing requirements. The bookkeeping nightmare would put more small businesses out of business. Add to that the possibility of COUNTY and CITY taxes and you will have shut down an entire industry.

The result? States that make it easier for online travel sites to do business will get the most free promotion from those sites, as well as the hotel room tax revenues.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen