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Income Tax Reform? How about No Taxes? March 1, 2016

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Written by Arch and Marge Wakefield December 2004

Libertarian Party members sign a pledge which states: “I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals”. We thus oppose income taxes on citizens because they are naked force ‘initiated’ by the government against the people. If you don’t pay, the government will come and seize your assets or put you in jail. We believe that income taxes are not only destructive of our personal freedoms but are also immoral.

It seems an act of masochism to allow the government to seize your money and spend it on projects with which you disagree or give it away to programs you do not support. And to lower your standard of living with a convoluted, incomprehensible tax code and deficit financing which commits you to a debt you did not contract.

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Crime and Punishment September 28, 2015

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In the United States we imprison more of our citizens than ANY OTHER country on the planet, and not just by a little. Even though we account for 5% of the population on this third rock from the sun, our prisoners account for 25% of the total planet’s prison population. Some are quick to say, “if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime”, but there are so many criminal offenses that no one even knows how many there are in total. We discussed the Libertarian Party Platform in last month’s column, and the very first item was that “the government has no business writing laws to regulate our personal behavior unless that behavior harms other people”.

This is not an article about the Drug War, as some might expect. Local city ordinances passed in recent years bring with them heavy penalties for seemingly minor violations. Elected officials have passed wide-reaching ordinances to govern how residents choose to live their lives on their own property.

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Muh Roads! April 29, 2015

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If you spend any time in libertarian circles you’ll hear someone sarcastically comment “Muh Roads!” in response to the implication that only the government can efficiently deploy capital to projects such as roads. The York county area is no stranger to complaints about funds wasted on seemingly useless road projects, such as crosswalks that end in hedgerows, while road issues with seemingly simple solutions are ignored for years upon years (I’m looking at you left-turn lane onto Zoar Road from Highway 160).

One example, and there are many, is the Hubert Graham Way extension project. (more…)

Should the Government Legislate Morality January 30, 2015

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Clint Eastwood described libertarians succinctly on the Ellen show, stating, “Libertarian means you’re socially liberal – leave everybody alone – but you believe in fiscal responsibility, and you believe in government staying out of your life.” This common ground is attractive to many Americans.

With many polls and elections reflecting historic low levels of disapproval of politicians (more…)

Do We Live In A Business Friendly Area? September 30, 2014

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You hear this concept discussed in political and business circles quite a bit. Cities and states realize that businesses of all sizes provide jobs to the citizens, investment opportunities to investors, increase trade opportunities, and of course, bring tax revenues to support government services. While elected representatives are frequently heard touting the business-friendly climate in South Carolina, many factors point to a much less business-friendly climate than you might expect. Governor Haley regularly touts the business-friendly climate of our state, and the mantra on her website is “We can no longer pass government-friendly legislation: we need business-friendly legislation.” But are we moving that direction?

The oft-cited Area Development Magazine ranked South Carolina as the 2nd most business friendly state, but (more…)

Jeremy Walters talking to Patti Mercer September 12, 2014

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Jeremy Walters, the Libertarian candidate for SC House District 26, joins Patti Mercer on Close-Up Fort Mill Tega Cay

Jeremy Walters on Ending the State Income Tax August 15, 2014

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Government Shutdown Theater November 25, 2013

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From YC Magazine November 2013 Issue

All Americans should be offended by the political theatre during the first part of October, called “The Government Shutdown”. In reality both sides were pulling the puppet strings to create a show for the voting public, who chose sides along party lines and simply pointed their fingers at each other’s team as the offending party. Instead of actually cutting spending during the Shutdown, the government spent MORE money. The National Park Service actually hired more staff in order to block the view of Mount Rushmore, shut down memorials that normally do not require any staff, and barricaded public parking lots. One side blamed President Obama, the other side blamed Congress. All of the “furloughed” employees actually got paid while not working, so the shutdown ended up being a paid vacation for the federal employees who were deemed non-essential for a couple of weeks. Only a few faint voices were heard asking the question “do we really need this many Federal employees and contractors in the first place?” A few months ago we explored the data within South Carolina and discovered 1 in 5 adults in our labor force were working for the local, state, and federal government (excluding both military and farm workers). In the end, despite all the theatrics, a so-called Clean Resolution was passed to extend the debt ceiling debate to January 15, 2014, the budget was not balanced, and typical pork was added into the Clean Resolution at the last minute receiving no debate whatsoever. (more…)

Guess Which Sector is the Largest Employer in our State? November 25, 2013

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From YC Magazine July 2013 Issue

In our state of South Carolina, 1 out of every 5 members of the nonfarm civilian workforce works for the government according to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce April 2013 report. That statement is shocking, and if it did not knock you out of your chair, you should go back and read it again. Government work is the largest “industry” in the entire state of South Carolina. The term nonfarm civilian workforce includes all individuals, both employed and unemployed, who are actively looking for work and totals 1.88 million people in South Carolina as of April 2013 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Generally when evaluating labor force data, it is common to exclude military and farm workers from many stats, and we have done so here as well. There were 287,930 individuals classified as farm workers in April 2013 in South Carolina, and 42,924 military employees stationed (and not in transition) at military installations within our state in 2009 (the most recently available data). In addition, most contractors working for the government are not included as government employees in the classifications used above, and while no study has been done on how many contractors work for the state and local governments, at the Federal level there are more than two contractors for every single employee working for the government. (more…)

Very important planning meeting March 13th! February 28, 2013

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RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/yorkcountylp/events/106798662/

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