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More Reason for Unrelenting Vigilance: Unending Efforts of Tyrants March 19, 2007

Posted by Daniel Downs in American history, Constitution, education, freedom, news, politics, taxes.
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Remember New London, Connecticut? New London is the place known for government approved violation of 5th Amendment property rights. In Kelo v New London, the Supreme Court decided a development project backed by city government was more important than the original property owners. After all, the city was in economic decline. The city needed new development. Besides, the area confiscated by the government was an old run-down low income area. In order to boost city revenues, New London officials and the Supreme Court decided it was in the best interest of the city to give the property of the low income property owners to the developers. Four of the Supreme Court justices did not agree with the decision at all. They opposed the idea of private rich taking from the private poor with the help of government.

In Ohio, the legislature permitted a race track conglomerate to place on the ballot (Issue 3) a constitutional amendment that would have given the race track owner a constitutional right to make boost their profits. In exchange for this, the race track owners and their gambling establishments would be required to give a small portion of their profits to help fund public education. Over a million dollars was also designated to fund counseling for gambling addicts. Yes, this was to help all of the big money losers whose addiction deprived their families of things like food, electricity, water, and possibly a home.

The irony in Ohio is its big money making lotto is actually a little money maker for individual schools state-run gambling was supposed to help.

Now, Ohioans are discovering the real reason for revising its Conservancy District Laws. One of the revisions replaced the District’s taxing authority with assessment authority, which by application almost means the same thing. What it meant to the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) was a means to tax churches and other non-profits within their jurisdiction. Taxing churches is a violation of the Ohio Constitution whatever the terminology.

Here we have two separate incidents of government usurping long-held rights once constitutionally protected; and another incidence of government attempting to sanction vice for the benefit of profit. Three incidences demonstrating an increase of governmental tyranny in the name of money, more…more…more…money. The good of profit is now exalted above the rights of the people. These three incidences are warnings of a steady reversion to our national beginning—a beginning requiring the Revolutionary War. The three tragic incidents should remind us of the following words often credited to Thomas Jefferson but actually spoken John Curran in 1790:

“The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance…”

Maybe it would be a good idea for US citizens to take time to reflect on the state of America.

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1. in2thefray - March 20, 2007

It’s true. I’m alway amazed by how government denounces a “vice” but embraces the tax revenue it generates. The government(s) hate the idea of smoking yet subsidize tobacco growth,tax cigs and misspend the tobacco settlement monies. I don’t have a link right now but MA has steadily shifted the settlement $$ it receives to the general fund away from the intended enforcement and cessation programs.National examples mirror the one you cite.
Also related I believe is how it seems never ending that as government is inefficient in spending the money they have they find new ways (streams of revenue) for tapping the citizen. Near me special per bag labels are needed for municipal trash removal. They package this as a way to increase recycling and help the environment. In reality they take the money originally meant for pick up and spend it somewhere else and give us a new bill. Good post

2. KA - March 21, 2007

Thanks for visiting with me.
Jesse, Nairobi, Kenya.


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