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somebodyswatchingme.GIFLike Joseph Heller said in Catch-22; "Just because your paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you!"

I mean really!

News breaks that the IRS is targeting 'Conservative' groups applying for tax-exempt status with extra inquiry - including additional (burdensome) questionnaires,  (improper nee illegal)requests for donor lists and even possible denial of exemption!

Over the weekend it slips out that 'taxpayers (I guess those on welfare need not worry) must start reporting Heath ID info to the IRS starting in 2014!
Hidden in the proposed immigration bill is a biometric database of all adult Americans!

[And for this conversation, let us forgo the implications of the grand design behind the truncating of Second Amendment rights...]


Once all of these oversight  surveillance mechanisms are in place, it is a short distance to only allowing those "in the party" to have advantaged taxed exempt status, heath-care or even a job!

For a little lagniappe here are some of the Lyrics to the Rockwell Song Somebody's Watching Me

I'm just an average man with an average life
I work from 9 to 5, hey, hell I pay the price
All I want is to be left alone in my average home
But why do I always feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone and

I always feel like somebody's watchin' me
And I have no privacy
Oh, oh, oh, I always feel like somebody's watchin' me
Tell me is it just a dream

When I come home at night
I bolt the door real tight
People call me on the phone I'm trying to avoid
Well, can the people on TV see me or am I just paranoid

When I'm in the shower, I'm afraid to wash my hair
'Cause I might open my eyes and find someone standing there
People say I'm crazy, just a little touched
But maybe showers remind me of Psycho too much, that's why

I always feel like somebody's watchin' me
And I have no privacy
Oh, oh, oh, I always feel like somebody's watchin' me
Who's playin' tricks on me

[Who's watching me] I don't know anymore are the neighbors watching me
[Who's watching] Well, is the mailman watching me
[Tell me who's watching]
And I don't feel safe anymore, oh, what a mess
I wonder who's watching me now [Who] the IRS

I always feel like somebody's watchin' me
And I have no privacy
Oh, oh, oh, I always feel like somebody's watchin' me
Tell me is it just a dream

I always feel like somebody's watchin' me, ee, hee, hee
And I have no privacy
Oh, oh, oh, I always feel like somebody's watchin' me
Who's playin' tricks on me

(Hat Tip Diogenes) 
Well, here is what the FairTax means to Paul Wizikowski the winner of the FairTax grassroots challenge: "what the FairTax would mean to you"


continued from 'Fear!'


The changing American psyche from the concepts of independence and self reliance to the ideas of dependence and government subsidy is due in large part to the New Deal and the manifesto it inspired: that the government can and should solve your problems. . .


Those advancing the New Deal manifesto are also the same pusillanimous characters who are snared by the fallacious argument that 'we can all live at the expense of someone else'. However, this is a belief absent from our founder's documents and until public schools elevated FDR to near sainthood and the New Deal to nearly a sacrament these beliefs were absent from the American concepts of self too.


Never has this belief that that the government can and should solve your problems been more dangerous for our country that what we have been witnessing for the past few days.


The market, rocked by an ever more serious series of trials - not the least of these include the Fannie Mae Bailout, Porkulus, and as if to add insult to injury: Mortgage Relief has been on a 2000 point tank since Dear Leader was inaugurated. It is as if the last eight years of sweat, blood, hard work, toil  and travails have been undone in the last month. What it took all Americans 8 years to build Dear Leader, Pelois and Reid destroyed within their first 30 days of office. Can you image what the next 4 years will be like?


And now, as if Hugo Chavez is the president of the United States, the headlines on Drudge scream "To Seize or not to Seize" and shares of major banks plummet on fears of out right nationalization! source



Hardworking Americans deserve - no, have earned better treatment than this; but alas we are in for more punishment while bad behavior- okay fraudulent gaming the system behavior is celebrated, uplifted, even rewarded. And as if some by some act of cosmic cruelty, the undeserving will be rewarded by dollars confiscated from us!


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested on Tuesday the world was breathing a sigh of relief that President Barack Obama had replaced George W. Bush and was working to fix the damage he had caused. Source.


"Elections have consequences" and whether most Americans knew it or not, they've elected people who DO NOT HAVE America's traditional ideals at heart. Instead, we have elected to the highest office of the land and to the congress people who openly profess distain for the very values that made this country great. These particular confederates are working diligently to change much about core "American Values of hard work, personal responsibility, individual freedom and God given liberties to a collectivized set of unproven science, failed social and economic engineering and re-prioritize our national interests abroad to embrace foes whom have sworn that it is their 'sacred duty' to convert or kill us.


"Dear Leader" penned in his book Audacity; "I will stand with the them [Muslims] should the political winds shift in an ugly direction" . .   he went on to opine that "Judeo-Christian heritage will recede as an all-religions country emerges". Not only is "dear leader" demonstrating a willingness to abandon American policies abroad; but, eager to bring about a tectonic shift in culture here at home. He, his congressional myrmidons and his following are 'legion'.  Yet we slumber - blissfully ignorant.


Even while we allot scant attention, the House of Representatives, under the guise of "Stimulus" are preparing to foist upon the American taxpayer "the invoice" to pay for the tectonic cultural and value shift - in the form of House Bill "HR1 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009".


This stimulus bill will cost the American Taxpayer more than the Louisiana Purchase, the New Deal, plus nearly every Fed program ever done combined! Not to mention that under the guise of Stimulus democrats a ear-marking the bill with every imagined pork-barrel plan they've been denied for the last 20 years.

So the Reuters' story proclaims,  Government aid  could save US newspapers. source  . . .Is it just me or is this some sort of quid pro quo for helping 'O-bominate' the nation?


Newspapers are failing in many cities in the U.S. simply because they have forgotten that their core mission is to report News rather than act as a PR firm for the Democrat party, and their socialist special interest groups. Instead of news, what we get is an agenda driven gangsta beat-down of traditional values, replaced with a lifting up of all that the post modern world has to offer: relativistic truth,  supersession of God with self and a sense that we are no longer responsible for ourselves that is offensive to many who have long abandoned their subscriptions.



So in addition to the probable reprise of the Fairness Doctrine, we'll have 'guv-ment' supported, soviet style newspapers, echoing the 'progressive' ruminations of BHO, Pelosi and Reid. All the while the pro 'guv-ment' propaganda is being distributed to that segment of the populace eager for "more from others" while being funded by those "very others" that do the paying - the tax payer. Regrettably, this confiscatory tax scheme more closely resembles a criminal enterprise extorting protection money than payments for services the taxpayer actually receives.


Ironic that the beggar-vote in this country will continue to have their "entitlement belief system" reinforced through an ongoing conspiracy to deliver approved "Newspeak" all at the expense of the rest of us. So in the greatest of thefts, we the taxpayer, are actually being forced to pay to disseminate the idea that others are entitled to that which we have earned.


Okay, so the Apostles of Ignorance have outdone themselves today!


With a  sputtering economy and companies shedding jobs like a sycamore in a snow storm, Congress has decided to say "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche" - "Let them eat cake"!


In a move that would make Marie Antoinette seem like the great philanthropist, Lawmakers have determined they deserve a pay raise.  Quickly, overlooking the fact that they had the chance to do the "right thing" and freeze their pay, instead, Lawmakers "pimped their pocketbooks" and voted themselves a raise.


While I supposed we should take heart that congresses has confidence that there will indeed some taxpayers left and we all won't be in breadlines, this certainly is a biter pill to swallow when 2 million Americans have lost their jobs - so far this year.


The hypocrisy of these "congressional confiscators" is unbelievable, their "over-the-top" histrionics while forcing auto exec to accept a one dollar a year salary - yes, I mean a buck a year - is beyond any sane understanding. And it's obvious that their hubris knows no bounds. It's okay for us to "tighten our belts" yet their ever expanding appetite for our money shows no sign of satiation.


Instead of representatives, we now seem to have  "Washingtonian monsters" whose hunger for money and the power it buys is unquenchable.


Regrettably we just missed the most recent opportunity to make things right with the voter's equivalent of 'pitchforks and torches' known as the ballot box.  Will it be too late to set things right in 2010? And, with such Congressional Jackassery on proud display, when might the need arise to switch the ballot box for the real pitchforks and torches to chase these monsters out of office?

Taxes verses Services - Guns verses Butter, similar argument differing context.


In our local paper the Orlando Sentinel - one of the bankrupt properties of the Tribune Company [earlier Harangue] - who never met a 'socialist cause' it didn't embrace, is now reporting "Florida faces stark choice: Taxes vs. services"Source 


Of course the real problem is that the state has promised too many goodies to those who aren't paying for them and is telling the rest of us, the taxpayers - which is an ever shrinking number - mind you, that we "'gotta' pay more"!!!


As an example:

That fact that they payer-vote is already paying double and sometimes triple for some services - already should be enough to stop the "Jeopardy Clock"; but, regrettably it's not. For example: your public school system delivers a defective product  - in that 50% of those graduating can't read and at least 30% of the students drop out before graduation - so you send your kinds to private school to offset the dumb-mass gap. You are force to pay twice: once on your tax bill, then on your children's tuition. Then the school board in it's infinity wisdom decides it needs more administrators and a new building to house them in so they impose an impact fee on new construction essentially taxing new home buyers a third time for the same defective services.


Florida is more than just 'Blue hairs' and Mickey Mouse. It's made up of real people trying to get things done. But; when the Apostles of Ignorance try to confiscate money from "Blue Hairs", Mickey or the rest of us, vis-√†-vis taxes they disincentive 'getting things done'.  


Another example of what Frederic Bastiat wrote;  "the state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else"  [so who owns you?]