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Taxes, Rioters and Our Wonderful Government Schools

Tuesday, 17 April 2001 12:00 AM

"The government taxes you when you bring home a paycheck. It taxes you when you make a phone call. It taxes you when you turn on a light. It taxes you when you sell a stock. It taxes you when you fill your car with gas. It taxes you when you ride a plane. It taxes you when you get married. Then it taxes you when you die. This is taxual insanity and it must end." – Congressman J.C. Watts

Remember that rumor during the election controversy? That juicy one about Governor Jeb Bush discussing the Big Bang Theory with his slinky secretary of state, Katherine Harris? We reported it here on The Neal Boortz Show – then dismissed it out of hand.

Well, it turns out that the rumor was started and pushed by a top-level Gore aide – one in touch with Gore on an hour-by-hour basis during the election crisis.

Don't expect Democrats to be embarrassed by the revelation that their fearless candidate was most probably engaged in spreading rumors about affairs on the part of his opponent. If the Democrats can't be concerned about their own leaders having affairs, how do we expect them to be upset about their leaders starting rumors that other politicians are having affairs?

… then why in the world are the Democrats fighting so hard to keep any meaningful tax cut from happening?

Power. That's your one-word answer. Power. Remember (I don't know who said it) that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Democrats – and many Republicans (Jeffords and Chaffee come to mind) – are far more concerned about keeping and building on their positions of power than they are about the economy of this country.

There's a Republican in the White House. Republicans control the House of Representatives and share power in the Senate. So the economy tanks? Blame it on the Republicans! It can only help the Democrats get what they so desperately want – control of the House and the Senate in two years, and the White House in four.

So, let the Republicans worry about the economy. The Democrats will worry about money – the money that the nasty Republicans want to stay in the hands of the people who earned it, and that the Democrats want in Washington so they can use it to build more dependency on government and, thus, buy more votes:

Money in the hands of the person who earned it can't be used to buy votes and is, therefore, generally useless to politicians.

Sooooo simple.

We have yet another in a seemingly endless series of studies out that shows the abject failure of our government schools. Now we're learning that fully 60 percent of the fourth-graders in our wonderful government schools can't read. There is no skill that can be so valuable and important to success as being able to read. There are damned few truly successful illiterate people out there. Some, but not many.

Did you hear what is going on out there in San Francisco? A private organization has been operating some of the San Francisco government schools. By any measure, this private organization (Eidson) has accomplished quite a bit. Test scores are up at the Eidson-operated schools, and parents are clamoring to get their children enrolled.

So, what happens? The San Francisco teachers unions launch an all-out attack on Eidson and are currently using their political muscle to cancel the contract with Eidson and return the schools to the teachers unions for operation. The unions promise the parents they can do every bit as good as the private company.

In New York the teachers unions waged their war against Eidson even before a contract was reached.

The single biggest problem with government schools in this country is the strength of the National Education Association – the teachers union. It is widely recognized as the single most powerful union in Washington, D.C. The principal role of the NEA is to protect the jobs of its members.

There are two basic ways to protect teachers' jobs. One, you fight any suggestion that teachers should be held accountable for the success or failure of their students. Two, you make sure that these teachers don't have to compete against other government-funded schools operated by private businesses. When government employees compete against private enterprise, government employees usually lose. Can you say "Federal Express"?

The most astounding thing here is that you, as parents, know that government schools are a failure. You know that the government generally fails at everything it tries to do – especially in competition with the private sector. Yet day after day after day you take the most precious thing you have in your life, your child, and send that child off to the government to be indoctrinated  not educated, indoctrinated.


Things are afoot in Cincinnati. County prosecutors and federal authorities are gearing up to crack down on the rioters, authorities are downplaying the black-on-white violence, and the civil rights warlords are descending on the city.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Michael Allen has put together a 17-member "riot prosecution" team to view video footage and newspaper accounts of the violence to help police make arrests. Allen has promised to pursue "hate crimes" charges against anyone who engaged in racially motivated violence. The FBI has also pledged to investigate.

City officials are downplaying the "hate crimes" – but there are several newspaper reports of how white drivers were pulled from their cars and beaten. Robert Stearns, a white truck driver from Kentucky, made the mistake of getting out of his rig to check on his truck. A group of blacks tried to steal the truck and beat Stearns severely. Stearns later told a Louisville newspaper that the mob was shouting, "Kill him! Kill him! Kill him!" while his attackers took turns kicking and punching him.

There was one case where an albino black woman was attacked because she was mistaken for a white woman! Roslyn Jones was driving through one of the riot-torn areas last week when she heard someone shout something about a "white girl." The black crowd, thinking Jones was white, threw bricks at her car. One of those bricks hit her in the head. Jones told the Cincinnati Enquirer, "The first piece of white skin they saw, they hit it."

As of yesterday, 837 adults and juveniles had been arrested in connection with the riots. Nearly 100 of those cases will go to a grand jury as felony charges.

All of this violence is what New Black Panther Party chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz calls "a righteous, divinely ordained rebellion." And the Sloganmaster himself, Jesse Jackson, is going to visit the city today.

Yeah, when I see people beaten because of their skin color and businesses smashed to pieces, I think it was divinely ordained. God told those rioters to go on a violent rampage, shoot a cop, and attack white-skinned bystanders. God instructed them to loot stores – especially those selling athletic apparel – as some kind of divine vengeance for the death of a 19-year-old saint with 14 warrants for his arrest.

Don't be fooled. These miscreants were just looking for an excuse to break some heads and get some revenge on Whitey.

Ever heard of a group called the We The People Foundation? If you read USA Today, you may have seen some of their advertisements. Basically, the We The People Foundation believes most Americans are not required to pay federal income taxes or have taxes withheld from their paychecks. They've been doing extensive research on taxes and the 16th Amendment, and they've been reporting on that research in their ads.

Well, USA Today has had enough of those ads. Last Wednesday, the newspaper told We The People that they wouldn't accept any more advertising from the organization. USA Today advertising representative Katie Emory said the paper's legal department had decided the paper should not run ads promoting illegal activities and that the ads had been classified as "offensive."

That's an accusation We The People rejects. Chairman Bob Schulz says the ads don't advocate breaking the law – in fact, they encourage both the IRS and citizens to follow the Constitution. What's "offensive" about presenting research and then advocating obedience to the law of the land?

I'll bet USA Today caved in to the controversy. They fell into lock step with the government and decided the ads weren't politically correct. After all, it's not politically correct to challenge the validity of a government agency.

We The People is now considering a lawsuit against USA Today. Their thinking is, if USA Today rejected their ads because they were illegal, they might be able to ask a court just what law the ads advocate breaking – and determine whether the IRS has any legal authority to force citizens to file and pay income taxes. Challenging that authority is what We The People has been doing for years.

Although a private newspaper has the right to reject offensive or libelous advertising, there's no denying that providing access to paid advertising space is absolutely essential to the exercise of Americans' First Amendment rights. Besides ... isn't it the duty of a newspaper to print viewpoints and then let the readers decide whether to accept or reject those views?

Or have the media decided to take on the duty of censoring unpopular views? We've already seen it in the college arena with David Horowitz's reparations ad controversy.

Now the big-leaguers at USA Today are showing the students how it's done.

Remember the hubbub the federal government caused last year when the General Accounting Office reported that agencies were tracking the Web activities of visitors to federal Web sites? These agencies weren't just looking at what their visitors did within their own sites – they also looked at what these visitors did after they left. If you visited, say, the Department of Education and then went shopping at an e-commerce site, chances are the government knows what you did.

That's what government investigators reported yesterday. In a report they released yesterday, they found that 64 federal Web sites used "cookies" to track their visitors' buying and browsing habits. That includes the Departments of Education, Treasury, Energy, Interior and Transportation, as well as NASA and the General Services Administration.

In the case of the GSA Web site, a government contractor was given ownership of all the cookie data the GSA had collected!

All of this snooping has happened despite an order Bill Clinton signed last June restricting agencies from using cookies.

Should we really be that surprised? The government you've been funding with your tax dollars can't be bothered to abide by the rules, my friends. In their zeal to increased the size and intrusiveness of the Imperial Federal Government, they've decided they're not subject to presidential orders.

So ... do you still trust your government?

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The government taxes you when you bring home a paycheck. It taxes you when you make a phone call. It taxes you when you turn on a light. It taxes you when you sell a stock. It taxes you when you fill your car with gas. It taxes you when you ride a plane. It taxes...
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