Politically Incorrect Zone: Rein in ALL government or Pay

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prescription times;”>Happy New Year, Californians! As a present to rein in 2015, state lawmakers have begun implementing AB 32…the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.  Cap and trade certificates will also be required for motor fuel resellers. Since they will have to pay for these, the cost will eventually find its way into gasoline and diesel prices. What that means to all drivers in the Golden State at present is, it costs at the very least 10 extra cents per gallon at the pump as of January 1, at the most 70 cents more.

So with the gift of lower global oil prices, the state counterbalances some of the savings with extra taxes (which we get virtually nothing for). In a previous column, I pointed out how, even when a state votes to legalize marijuana use, the Feds implement enormous, punitive taxes on the legal sellers. My point with these two examples is simply that when government is allowed to grow with little restriction, and when that beast of an entity feels free to act without restraint, there is no escape from its tentacles of confiscation. Federal, state or local distinctions become meaningless. One way or another, the public sector will take what you have.

For several years now, there has been talk about replacing the Federal income tax with either a flat tax, or a “fair tax,” meaning, a national sales tax. I support both of those options over the tiered income tax – for a hundred good reasons. But even if replacing the income tax could happen (a long shot), for the reasons mentioned above, it would NOT solve our problems, because we would then have to fight our STATE governments the same way we fought the Federal government in ending the income tax. Because you would see, in state after state, new, or increasing income taxes, and other “fees” pop up after any real Federal income tax reduction.

Those who believe limiting our Federal government alone will solve our tyranny problems haven’t seen the big picture. Limiting the size or power of government starts locally, and ENDS at the Federal level. Because ANYONE given authority over you, with no direct, personal accountability for their actions (which is exactly what comes with ANY government position), will eventually try to control what you do, and take what you have. It’s simple physics, and human nature.

So enjoy the lower oil prices while they last, and know that the new gas tax is here, does nothing to improve your life, and will likely INCREASE… even after oil prices go back up. THAT is what government in America has become.

Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris


Kevin Harris is a former reporter, editor and journalist, and previous President of Cal State Northridge’s Society of Professional Journalists. He is now a realtor and videographer, and lives with his two children in Oak Park. 

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One Response to Politically Incorrect Zone: Rein in ALL government or Pay

  1. David January 3, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    great piece and totally true. The birth of our country started with a protest against taxes. Governments are by nature like the blob in the old sci-fi movie. They consume all available resources and grow to consume even more. There are thousands of people who like the original Pilgrims are fleeing oppression and giving up their citizenship. Economic instead of religious. Maybe not much difference.


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