Thursday, July 15, 2010

Taxing a civil right.

I'd like to see what would happen if you had to get permission from the federal government to exercise your First Amendment rights while excise-taxing the hell out of paper and ink.


Dennis308 said...

I see one really good point in this article revenues from gun and ammo sales up 40% in one year. And that´s on top of previous increases.


Anonymous said...

You need a huge amount of political pull to get a license for a new broadcast radio, TV, cable TV, cell phone, wired phone, wired Internet, or other practical speech method. There are various "fairness" and "public interest" laws that censor and shape content on pain of losing the license. Truly anonymous or cryptographically secured email, web, whistleblower depository (wikileaks), and distributed file sharing (napster) is illegal in commercially viable arrangements. It is illegal to collect accurate video of cops or soldiers at work. The big wires-in-the-ground companies (AT&T) systematically spy on us, and Congress gives them legal exceptions when they get caught. Any communication company is legally obligated to spy on us when a LEO asks (Patriot act). Part of the NSA's job is to ban (classify) promising new communication developments. What may be spoken before an election, who may speak it and how widely is under continual assault.

Taxing the heck out of the civil right of free speech has already happened, and there hasn't been much response. Many people can't seem to tell that it already happened. Others seem to believe that such central planning is necessary to prevent chaos, fight terrorism, and to coercively extract the features they want from other people and businesses.

Defender said...

Congress seems to be doing Obama's will, as if telepathic. Rep. Scott's panel on requiring state police criminal record checks for transfers between private citizens at gun shows, effectively registering buyers -- and we know the Virginia State Police immediately turned the names over to local cops and ATF in violation of the law -- and McCarthy's report lost or stolen guns within 72 hours or be a criminal. Scott even has former VSP Kommandant Massengill on his panel, and the lawbreaking happened on his watch.
Plus a bill to make gun show organizers criminally responsible if ONE person shows up with a firearm to sell and he hasn't been pre-screened.
The Supreme Court ruling falls 5-4 in favor of freedom, but our overseers want us nibbled to death by ducks.

Defender said...

When campaign finance reform -- political speech restriction, that is -- was being discussed, it was no big deal to the mainstream media because THEY'D be exempt. (Remind you of someone whose initials are National Rifle Association?) It was only individuals and organized Americans with a common goal ("special interest groups") that would be muzzled, so it was OK.
Many newspapers have gone out of business since then, and others are shrinking and fading away, yet there are more blogs than ever.

Anonymous said...

As one of the respondants to the article said; "since when are guns & ammo a sin?"


Anonymous said...

Paper: the real reason pot was banned is because someone's paper pulp tree farm was losing in the marketplace to someone's industrial hemp farm. Pot grows like a weed, much faster than trees, and it makes strong paper and clothes. Grow hemp for victory? Nope, better have the government pick winners and losers or there will be anarchy.

Ink: solvents and pigments are oil derivatives. The last new refinery the EPA permitted was in the 70's. Think there might be a subsidy or an excise in the petrochemical sector?

You haven't just drunk the government kool-aid, you are drowning in it. You are swimming in a pool of excise taxes and State prohibitions the size of Lake Superior. Everywhere you look, all the way out to the horizon, all you can see is only what the State allows you to have. No one alive today has seen a free market, and precious few can imagine it.

Dedicated_Dad said...

I smoke top-quality cigarettes for ~$0.80 per pack.

Read that again!

(1) Get yourself a "Top-o-matic" tabletop injector machine - ~$45.

(2) Get a decent bag of tobacco. I (former Newport smoker) use "Golden Harvest Mint-blend." NOTE: Buy the bags labeled "pipe tobacco." Look closely at the contents -- if it looks like cigarette tobacco, it is -- but you save ~50% in taxes vs buying the same thing with a "cigarette tobacco" label!

Here's the thing: With all the new taxes, the tobacco-makers realized there is no legal definition of "pipe tobacco" - so they simply changed the labels on their product!

One website even says "This tobacco is specifically designed to be smoked in disposable, rolled-paper pipes."

It seems there's no legal definition of "pipe" either!!

I'm not only laughing all the way to the bank - paying as little as 10% of the cost for an INFINITELY superior product - but I'm also now smoking better stuff, and causing less harm to my body!

(3) Buy yourself a few cartons worth of filter-tubes. I like "Premier" brand as they have better filters in the 100mm size. If you smoke "kings" consider the "1839" brand as well, since they too have a full-length filter.

It will take a bit of experimentation to find a tobacco/tube combination you like, but even if you buy a few pounds of stuff you don't care for you've STILL saved money!!

I use the "don't really like" stuff to fill in when I run out of "my brand." Keeping it sealed in tight containers keeps it fresh, and using a pack a week or so helps burn through it faster. Some non-menthol stuff I bought I sold to another RYO smoker for 1/2 price -- 2 bags of this for one bag of "my brand."

Best / smartest thing is to buy the smallest package you can of whatever until you find something you like -- then you're not stuck with stuff you don't want!

(4) Combine the above into top-quality cigarettes!

It will take some trial-and-error to figure it out, but I now make ~1.5 packs of perfect cigs in the time it takes me to smoke ONE in the morning.

A pound of tobacco will make 2 full cartons of smokes, plus several packs - how many more depends on how tightly you pack them.


Machine - $45
Pound of tobacco - $16
2.5 boxes of tubes - $7.50

For the cost of one carton of "premium" smokes, you've made ~2.5 cartons of much better ones. Put another way, you've doubled your money on your first pound of tobacco, more than paying for the machine!

AFTER this, you can make ~25 packs for ~$23.50 -- about $0,80 per pack.

In addition to being less expensive, you're also using fresh tobacco without all the additives added to the "bar-code" smokes.

For the first couple of weeks my lungs felt "wet" -- not BAD, just different.

It took me a while to figure out that this was my body recovering from smoking their poison for so many years -- my lungs had been bone-dry for so long that when they began to recover it felt somehow "wrong" to me.

BTW -- thanks to federal edict, you can no longer buy any cigs not certified "fire safe." Put it down and it will go out.

The chemical used to accomplish this is the same stuff used in carpet to make it "flame retardant."

You're smoking CARPET GLUE!

After ~5 cartons of fresh, good smokes, I bought a pack of newports.

They tasted like crap, and gave me a MONSTROUS headache!

Never again!!


PS: You'll also want some gasketed containers, and a few "humi-jars" and a bottle of "juice." Net cost $~20.

Putting one of these "humi-jars" in your tobacco container will keep it at 70% humidity -- perfect for rolling and smoking!

DB said...

Much the same as the land tax. Though one reason to pay cash for your guns and ammo!

Anonymous said...

The question you ask has been tested by history. The paper that America used to have has been excised all the way into practical nonexistence, and the popular objection has been practically zero.

Stockdale advised honesty about tactical situation. Perhaps you could write an update to your earlier post that suggests a general conclusion: the paper Fudds and ink Fudds and oil Fudds and solar power Fudds and private banking Fudds etc. DID throw you under the bus. Do not expect much of a tea party response from them.