Friday, December 08, 2006

Paying Taxes to the Government That Robs You

I have been very busy lately, but I really wanted to get this post out there. For starters, Friends to Tradesports Steven Levitt was on the Colbert Report the other night. If you have never seen him you may want to check it out.

In darker news a startling court ruling came down yesterday in New Jersey. This one involves eminent domain powers by the state. A few years ago many of you may remember the ruling that essentially made state sanctioned stealing private property legal so long as it was cloaked under the banner of “economic development”. This ruling is by a lower court, but if the ruling stands it would increase the powers the state has to take your property. In this case the court ruled it was OK to take land (that was already approved for other development!) simply for the reason of “preserving open space” (a more vague reason I cant imagine). Kudos to Justice Roberto A. Rivera-Soto for being the only dissenter (at least mentioned in this article). Shame on everyone else involved.

I always find life a little sadder when I am reminded that the Government controls us, not the other way around.

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