Archive for October 2010
I recently stumbled onto an interesting site. MyGovCost.org takes an estimated projection of the growth of government expenditures and the information you give them about yourself to estimate the amount of taxes that you will be paying in the future.
It tells you the total amount of your estimated tax payments over the course of your life. It also breaks this number down into government programs such as Social Security, Defense, Welfare, etc. On top of that, it gives you an estimation of what you could have made had you been allowed to invest your tax dollars into the private market over the same time period.
I recommend checking the site out. It makes the true cost of government hit home pretty hard. Let us know what you think!
So how quickly did that title catch your eye? I sometimes enjoy throwing quick hits such as that out to truly get a glimpse into how ingrained our society is with government protection. Drinking and driving is no laughing matter, however. It is dangerous to the extent of immorality (in my opinion). When people drink and drive they put themselves and, more importantly, others at risk.
However, I believe the actual definition of the word ‘risk’ escapes us sometimes. Risk is not simply for the stock brokers and day traders. Human beings take risks every day. It is the necessary response to living in a world of uncertainty. You take risks just by getting out of bed in the morning. Yet, there are certain activities which seem to raise the risks of extreme casualty to unnecessary levels. It is up to the individual to decide when the level of risk is too extreme to continue with any particular task that is currently occupying his/her time. However, circumstances, understandably, change when we venture into the realm of one person’s risks causing particularly unnecessary risks to others.
Tupelo, Mississippi has long been known as the birthplace of “The King.” Unfortunately, there’s a new king in town, and he’ll make sure you’re singing the “Jailhouse Rock” if you don’t recite a loyalty oath upon his command.
According to WTVA, an attorney was arrested and jailed for contempt of court after refusing to pledge his allegiance to the American flag upon the judge’s order. If this isn’t tyranny, what is? What is it the judge wanted the disobedient attorney to pledge his allegiance to? Authoritarian rule? That reminds me of a famous quote from a wise man:
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once.