Framing the Dialogue

War of 1813

No there wasn’t some new battle  201 years ago.  The war is happening now or at least hopefully there is a war, but one can never be sure about the Republicans.  As Congress is trying to pass a transportation bill many legislators like to seize the opportunity (or “crisis”) to do bad things that we end up paying for (or amendments that have nothing to do with the original intent of the bill or to stick on things that they hope no one will notice).  Under consideration is the Democrat “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.”  Boy doesn’t that sound nice and with the bunch in Washington one must, however, be cognizant of the the use of the word “progress” since the Progressives are little more than Socialists.   This is a highway construction funding bill (funny, but I initially typed “bull” by mistake), but the elected officials in Washington have decided that this HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION BILL needs the following:

  • Harry Reid decided that he’d like to give the IRS to have the power to prevent any American citizen from leaving the country based upon a determination by the IRS that you owe the government back taxes.  This is a determination solely by the IRS, no court hearing, no chance for appeal, just surrender your passport to your friendly IRS agent.  Are there loads of Americans looking to Go Galt oweing back taxes?  I got a notice last summer from the IRS saying that I owed $7k in back taxes.  I don’t and I have been going back and forth, providing evidence, providing records and I estimated about 10% of their number.  I have been waiting since November for their response.  Good thing the economy is so bad that I cannot afford to leave the country.
  • In addition to constantly forcing strangling fuel efficient standards the feds want automakers to give you a little gift in your car.  They want to force the inclusion of an “event data recorder” in every new car by 2015Another name that you’d be more familiar with is the famous “black box” of airplane crash fame.  This is being explained away as an ingredient to help determine causes of crashes which most people like.  However many, like me, see this as another attempt to limit our freedom.  Think about how a device like this can be used…against you…in a court of law…in a traffic stop…to find your whereabouts.

Maybe I am being paranoid, but is it paranoid when they are following you?

 “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

                                      – – Benjamin Franklin – –


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