We Are All Getting Royally Screwed

My brother works part-time at a tobacco store, and we were discussing the price of cigarettes recently.  The “low cost” cigarettes in Michigan these days are roughly $5.00 a pack.  (They are over $10 a pack in New York state.)  When I first came back to Michigan in 1988, the average price for the big-name brands was only 75 cents.  That’s one hell of a jump in 25 years.

Naturally, I got curious about how much of the current price was state-imposed cost, as opposed to inflation, so I went to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis web site, which has a handy inflation calculator on its home page.  (Excuse me, “Consumer Price Index” calculator.)  According to them, something that used to cost 75 cents in 1988 will now cost $1.48, so roughly $3.50 of the present price for a pack of cigarettes has been added on by the state, through new taxes, regulations and lawsuits imposing “reparations.”  Seventy percent of the consumer’s cost is the government picking his pocket, and that’s just here in Michigan.  That’s pretty damned obscene and immoral, when you think about it.

Then it hit me.  The dollar is literally worth only half of what it was worth just a lousy 25 years ago?  I knew that we have had creeping inflation my entire adult life (thank you very fucking much, Richard Nixon,) but until recently it has been gradual enough that it doesn’t really hit you until you look back.

A while back I used the Fed’s own calculator to track the purchasing power of the Federal Reserve Notes since they were first fobbed off on a gullible public 100 years ago.  The data is available in an Excel workbook at the end of this article.  I made the following chart from the results:

US Dollar Purchasing Power chart

 

The “dollar” today is essentially worthless compared to 100 years ago.  How is that for a successful scam?  The banksters have literally stolen the wealth of the nation in just one century, leaving us with nothing but debt – to them!

Which explains why the government has been steadily militarizing our local police, transforming them into small armies of occupation who now feel free to terrorize the populace, all in the name of their “wars” against drugs and terrorism (which are really wars against us and our Natural rights.)  It also explains why the government has been busily stockpiling excess ammunition.  As moronic as politicians and government bureaucrats can seem, they obviously aren’t complete idiots.  They have to know that this scam cannot be played out for much longer, and that people are going to be seriously pissed off once they finally realize how badly they’ve been screwed over.

Decline of the US Dollar  (Excel workbook)

 

Romans 13 and the Right To Bear Arms, by Paul Green

For many Christians, both on the left and the right, Romans 13 endorses the power and presence of a police state, a government court system and the right of governments to tax people to pay for it all.

According to the prevailing doctrine, it is the state which has the right to be armed in order to enforce obedience and it is Christians who have a duty to obey – not just for reasons of practicality or prudence, but as a moral obligation.

The term “powers that be” – a phrase first coined by early Bible publisher William Caxton, then used in the King James Version – is believed to mean government, which is “ordained” or set in place by God. Any official wielding this government power is understood to be a servant or “minister” of God and therefore, to resist would be to incur the wrath of God.

The primary and fearful means of meting out such wrath is believed to be the state bearing arms and using them not just against actual wrongdoers, but upon anyone who disobeys instructions, regulations, or state-created legislation. In this way, the state is ascribed a god-like authority to establish its own moral order.

Reference to “taxes” (“tribute” KJV) and “customs” in verses 6-7 is believed to tie this all together by underlining that the subject under discussion is the state – and that taxes, tribute and customs are endorsed by God, without limit.

Here is one translation of the passage, from the New King James Version:

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to [execute] wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore [you] must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes [are due], customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.”

However, although long overlooked or ignored, the prevailing interpretation of this passage presents a major problem for those who say they believe the Bible to be true…

Conflicting Scriptures?

In fact, if government courts, regulations and military/police state enforcement really were the “authorities” and “powers” referred to as God’s ministers and servants – then there would appear to be a direct conflict within the Bible:

Because the same Apostle Paul… in the same period of time… in the same Bible… specifically instructed Christians to stay away from government court systems at all costs, and described the whole system as “unrighteous“.

Read the rest of this excellent commentary by Paul Green at Romans 13 and the Right To Bear Arms by Paul Green.

Albert Einstein on the Income Tax

Albert Einstein on the Income Tax

What I don’t understand about the income tax is how a free people could ever accept the principle of slavery that it represents. The underlying basis for the income tax is that someone – in this case, the politicians calling themselves “the government” – claims to have a better right to the fruits of your labor than you do yourself, and to have the right to decide how much of your own labor you are allowed to keep.

That is the very definition of slavery.