Our rights do not originate with government, but they are to be "secured" by government.
Formerly: Libertarian Party of Citrus county

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Gay Marriage – Unintended Consequences

By Tom Rhodes, 12/24/2013

It looks like the ruling elite have destroyed the traditional rationale for marriage and are effectively ending heterogamy from being the only legal form. The sanctioning of homogamy is leading to legalized polygamy. I believe the reason has nothing to do with “marriage” and everything to do with creating a giant tax loophole, and it’s real.

Real, as in real property or real estate or real amounts of money. Say you bought a house and sat on it for a while and got lucky. You paid $50K and it now sells for $250K. The problem is when you sell it Uncle Sam is going to try and take $36K of your profit as “gains.” To most of America that’s a hefty chunk of change. Most of America also sees that the government no longer plays by the rules, so we are no longer obligated to play by the rules. In order to save $36K, you “marry” the purchaser (now referred to as spouse), open a joint “savings” account where the new “spouse” deposits $250K. Soon after you find that you and the new spouse are incompatible and get an uncontested “divorce.” In the terms of the divorce your new “spouse” (now the Ex) gets the house and you get the joint “savings” There you go bada-boom-bada-bing for less than $2K in legal fees house is sold and there are zero taxes paid. A pain in the ass with a bit of paperwork, but for over $30K worth the effort.

Most everyday people won’t do this, but. . . . If instead of a $250K house, consider a megabuck business, the owner “marries”, and soon after “divorces.” In the divorce he "loses" the business to the spouse, but gets to keep the millions in their joint savings. Bada-boom-bada-bing mega-million dollar business transferred and massive taxes avoided. Ending traditional marriage and the rationale for it, is going to open a huge “loophole” in the legal system and dramatically change the meaning of “mergers” and “acquisitions”. If you want to move millions of dollars without the IRS getting their hands on it, “marriage” and “uncontested divorce” will be the solution.

Soon you’ll see parents “marrying” their children then “divorcing” to avoid inheritance taxes. Imagine being a consultant, you “marry” your client, do the work as agreed on in the “pre-nup”, after the work is complete you and your spouse file an “uncontested divorce” and go your separate ways, as part of the “divorce agreement” you get to keep the contents of your “joint savings.” Bada-boom-bada-bing you complete a big buck consulting contract and have ZERO tax liability, report zero income, even get an “earned income” tax credit, SNAP and free health care. Once marriage is viable between any consenting adults and is devoid of it’s traditional purpose the possibilities to avoid the IRS arm of Uncle Sam are endless.

Every new law has unintended consequences, the unintended consequences of divorcing marriage from the creation of a traditional family are plainly obvious. Marriage isn’t about “love.” The legal and other benefits of marriage exist to protect children and provide the what has historically proven to be the best environment to raise our progeny, legally binding a man and woman together and obligating them to provide and protect their children, and granting those children the legal transfer of family wealth without government confiscation. Redefine marriage to include any “loving relationship” and taking away the rationale for marriage, opens up a whole can of worms most people haven't considered. Use the old adage and "follow the money."

The tax abuses of “marriage” as I’ve described will soon be a reality. Once the marriage loophole in taxation is exposed and abused it will have to be closed. Expect the law to change and marriage will no longer offer the tax “loophole” it does now. When grandpa dies, granny is going to lose the house because she won’t be able to afford the capital gains tax. The excuse of granting married people tax free inheritance, and tax free splitting of shared assets is going to be taken away by the ruling elite, who will use abuse of “marriage” and “divorce” law as the excuse to further confiscate our wealth. Use the old adage and "follow the money." The whole “gay marriage” thing is a red herring, a means for the ruling elite to eliminate a method of transferring wealth without their getting their hands on it.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Liberalism Equals the Love of Tyranny

By Tom Rhodes, 12/3/2013

Those who embrace liberalism, liberal fascism, progressivism, socialism, communism, or any of the other leftist -isms suffer from the delusion that the ruling elite know better how every person should live. This is a fantasy or more rationally a logical fallacy of category error. They actually believe that the state "loves" you and should be the parent, god, tribal elder, city council, uncle, teacher, and provider for every person in society. What's worse is they believe that the state can be all things to all people. They believe that because some people don't make the life choices that they think are best, the state should have the authority to force people to do what's "right" for their own good. C.S. Lewis described this phenomenon.

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." -- C.S. Lewis

For your own good liberals want to:
  • Control where you go to school
  • Regulate your work
  • Regulate your play
  • Control what doctor you can see
  • Control what treatments your doctor can prescribe
  • Decide when you retire
  • Decide how much money you can keep when you retire
  • Decide how you must save and invest for retirement
  • Decide if when you've made enough money
  • Decide what ideas can be taught in school
  • Decide what religious beliefs you must tolerate
  • Decide what religious beliefs you must reject
  • Control Charities
  • Control your choice of transportation
  • Control you where you live
  • Dictate what you can and can't eat

    For the state to provide for the people, and to protect the people, and to control people from making bad choices takes money. The reality of TANSTAAFL means that the state must have massive amounts of money. They embrace the idea that has served foundational for the last centuries most brutal regimes; the idea that one person should be forcibly used to serve the purposes of another.

    They believe they know what's best for you and know how other people should life. The issue isn't that they live how they want to live, they want to force everybody to live how they want to live.
  • They like gay marriage therefore everyone must be forced to like gay marriage.
  • They hate guns, therefore nobody should be allowed to own guns.
  • They like Sesame Street, therefore everybody should pay for Sesame Street.
  • They prefer vertical urban life styles therefore in the name of "sustainability" everybody should be forced to live in more urban areas.
  • They hate the rich, therefore nobody should be rich.
  • They like NPR, therefore everybody should pay for NPR.
  • They like abortion, therefore everybody should pay for their abortions.

    The problem with leftists, liberals, progressives, socialists, or whatever left leaning -ists you want to name, they firmly believe that because what they want is good, you shouldn't have the choice not do what they believe is good. They believe that if you don't believe like them then you are either too stupid to understand the "goodness" of their beliefs or you are evil. In either case, your stupidity or evil nature justifies them forcing you to do as they believe "for your own good" or "for the good of society." They literally hunger to control those who they believe are evil, or not smart enough to understand the goodness of their beliefs.

    Because liberals with all their hart want what's best for everybody, want nobody to ever suffer, and have the best of intentions, they hate the free market. The free market allows people to choose what they want, not what progressives think is best for them. Emotionally at a deep caring and loving level, they know that "if only" people would do as they think is right everybody would be better. Liberal thinking works on some magical "utopian" level, devoid of reality or understanding of human nature. They actually believe that because some people are too stupid or are evil they don't always make "good" choices, therefore they, the ruling elite, who know better how everybody should live, should have the authority to force "good" choices on everybody.

    Liberals also believe that if somebody makes a mistake, to avoid acute suffering that everybody should pay for that mistake that way the consequences of a mistake are shared and nobody suffers too much. If an individual chooses not to make the best of the education offered, and chooses to have children without a means of support, rather than see that person or the children suffer, everybody should have to pay to house, feed, clothe, and care for them. If a city, raises its taxes to a point most businesses, and virtually all of the middle and upper class of people move to less onerous parts of the country, while giving huge extensive pay and retirement packages to city workers, resulting in bankruptcy, like Detroit, rather than the people of that city and its creditors suffering the consequences of those mistakes in leadership, liberals believe EVERYBODY must pay to bail them out. If a state does the same thing and goes billions into debt, and creates an environment where there are more people on welfare than working, like California, liberals believe that rather than let the people of California suffer the consequences of their elected leaders mistakes, the people of Florida, Texas, Colorado, North Dakota, and all the other states where the people have forced state governments to have balanced budgets must help pay for California, Illinois, and New York's mistakes.

    Liberalism, and the oppressive tyranny it imposes forces one-size-fits-all actions in a world where the people have more and more choices every day. Let's face it, Amazon.com completes more transactions with a vaster variety of products every minute, than the recently upgraded and "fixed" one-size-fits-all Healthcare.gov has ever been able to complete in a day. Healthcare.gov is a massive mistake created for "your own good" that everybody must pay for. It is tyranny in action for your own good.

    The very idea that because some people if given the freedom to make life choices might not make the wisest choices, the state should have the authority to force people to accept limits on those choices is the underlying premise of modern liberals. Once accepting that premise, they extrapolate that to put the responsibility for the consequences on the state, and as such it has the authority to force those who exercise what freedom it allows profitably to pay for the unwise life choices of everyone else. Liberalism, liberal fascism, progressivism, socialism, communism, or any of the other leftist -isms are a non-functional, authoritative, overbearing philosophy that depends on tyranny to implement and is completely out of step with the modern world and the very idea of liberty.

    Liberal ideas cannot be implemented without force, as such most are immoral. Simply put Liberalism Equals the Love of Tyranny