Who is leading who Kootch?
You don't have facts. I provide facts all of the time when I post here. Near as I could figure, doing a cursory search, is that the KKK is about 300,000 members strong (weak, weird, whatever) or .001% of the U.S. population. It isn't that hard to Google anything, I can get facts from anywhere but if the source doesn't seem reliable I won't use it. I would never use anything from The ADL anymore than I would use something from the KKK. I've been out west since 92 and I have only seen one of these skinhead types in that entire time. People really need to be more selective of what they watch on television.
I'm pretty sure you are paying at least 31% yourself.http://www.goodcitizen.org/WWLA%20Book/ ... 0email.htm
The pie chart above is not a perfect representation because it does include weekends and holidays.
The mobsters can only exist when there is a black market created by laws and regulations forbidding the use or possession of some item.
Our military spending is out of control because the military industrial complex buys our politicians. Here I'll hold your hand through this one too. We can not maintain this overgrown empire any more than Rome could, or Brittan could. It is not our duty or in our best interest to go around the world acting as a police force, and the idea that we can afford to do this is ridiculous. We spend $123 billion more than the rest of the world combined providing free police service the world over http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ ... ending.htm
Switzerland on the other hand uses a Militia and has never been invaded.
The Nazis could have eventually have conquered Switzerland, but at a fearful price. The Wehrmacht expected 200,000 German casualties; it would have taken a very long time to remove the Swiss military from the Alpine “Reduit” to which they planned to make a stand. And by the time the Swiss were defeated, every bridge and train track and everything else of value to the conquerors would have been destroyed.
The reason that Switzerland was too difficult to invade—in contrast to all the other nations which Hitler conquered in a matter of weeks—was the Swiss militia system. Unlike all the other nations of Europe, which relied on a standing army, Switzerland was (and still is) defended by a universal militia. Every man was trained in war, had his rifle at home, was encouraged to practice frequently, and could be mobilized almost instantly. The Swiss militiaman was under orders to fight to the last bullet, and after that, with his bayonet, and after that, with his bare hands. Rather than having to defeat an army, Hitler would have had to defeat a whole people.
The Framers feared two things: large standing armies and select militias. A select militia was an armed group formed not from the entire population of a jurisdiction by public notice, but selected by some method that might make them unrepresentative of the community, and a threat to lawful government or to the community. A regular standing army or police force is always a select militia, and it may serve the will of those in power, and be used against the people. Therefore, the Framers intended that the militia should always be able to prevail over the government and its armies or select militias. They did not trust those in power to voluntarily refrain from corruption or the abuses that attend it. The Militia was seen as one of the checks on the power of government, like division of powers between the central and state governments, between the executive, judicial, and legislative branches, and between the two houses of the legislative branch.
Fire fighters, state parks and most roads are not paid for by the Federal government. My gripe is not with state taxes because state taxes are local enough that they can generally be controlled by the voting citizen. I am complaining about the federal taxes (to include inflation) and the rules and regulations that the federal government places on the monies redistributed to the states or sent overseas. The federal government was never meant to rule over the states or to dictate to the states.
"The States should be left to do whatever they can do as well as the federal government"
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
One of the most contentious points in the formation of a Federal government came from the individual states. The states didn't want to lose the ability to make regional decisions nor to be subject to an overriding power from a distant national capital. The Tenth Amendment was written to reassure the states that they would remain largely in charge within their own borders. Until the mid-19th century, the Tenth Amendment was often cited by state governments to prevent Federal regulation of everything from taxation to interstate commerce. Since 1837, however, various rulings have mitigated the straightforward meaning of the Tenth Amendment, and such matters as a Federal income tax were subsequently upheld in the courts.
That great living I make has little to do with the federal government, It has to do with you wanting electricity. It's a supply demand kind of thing.
Lastly, when the government is getting 1/3 of your life wages it's getting pretty darned close to taking everything. I started paying taxes at 15, I will probably never retire because Social Security will be defunct (like all Ponzi schemes become defunct). Assuming I live to 75, I will have donated 20 years of my life to a government that spends way too much money on things that do not benefit me or the nation at large.