I've about had it with taxes...how about everyone else?
I'm an equal opportunity tax hater, too. I see Punitive taxes as equally bad to Social Justice taxes, Consumption Taxes, or Sin Taxes. Many different
names...many different theories. The same general concept with all manner of pretty gift wrapping to make us feel better about being screwed for our
Factoid: Most (Not all) revenue collection at State and Federal level is held and disbursed on a General Fund basis and no specific
"account" for money in/money out to specific purposes exists ..or ever will.
There is absolutely something for everyone to literally feel good about being taxed for, and so, every look at taxing becomes an exercise in
relativism. If you support any form of it, beyond the bare min. required by the Constitution? (the duties and responsibilities to be paid for are
outlined, clearly..and didn't take thousands of pages to do it) Well, then everything after that becomes shades of grey and/or justified within the
eyes of the one judging it.
I start this off with the above to frame just HOW OUT OF CONTROL the next story REALLY IS.
New York City Seeks Millions From FedEx for Cigarette Smuggling
This is the kind of story one glances across and moves on from, normally. Just another tax issue...but stop and really consider this one. Consider it
carefully. THIS is what tyranny looks like. We've debated for years...what does a police state look like? THIS is what CAUSES the measures to define a
Police State.....by economic motivation, to start out.
New York City filed a RICO lawsuit against Federal Express, accusing it of defying the state attorney general by shipping "several tons" of
contraband, untaxed cigarettes ordered via Internet or regular mail from the Shinnecock Smoke Shop.
Don't be distracted by the fact Cigarettes happen to form the nature of the tax being pursued with extreme legal force. It's the force being used that
is beyond all reason. RICO (or Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations
) is an Act passed by Nixon in 1970 to address Organized Crime where "Family Bosses" could order the operations for a vast criminal
enterprise, yet never technically commit a crime themselves and during day to day life. It's been absurdly warped over the years to be a SLEDGEHAMMER
(with penalties carrying up to Life in Prison on the criminal side and extraordinary punitive ability on the civil side) for a wide range of
This isn't about smoking, again. RICO is being sought here for TAX MONEY.
FedEx's sneakery deprived New York City of $15 in tax for each carton of cigarettes it delivered in the Big Apple, the city says. It seeks
treble damages, under RICO, for the $15 tax it should have received for each carton FedEx delivered there.
One rampaging city's definition of "Sneakery" is my definition of NOT acting as Government Tax agents in place of authorized authority. To give some
context and comparison for how this has little or nothing whatsoever to do with the actual cost to produce, market and sell the product but is
entirely about the taxes related to it for stakes, I've dug up a couple listings of just HOW taxed this product has become for being a true cash cow
of modern Government.
According to this by state look
at prices, New York came out at over $12.00 PER PACK.
By contrast, the lowest one in this example was $4.84 in West Virginia. There isn't some magic line of overhead cost to cross between Wheeling, WV and
New York City. (beyond the OTHER forms of taxation to terminal extremes already imposed in New York).
To look at this from a larger perspective of State vs. State and before New York City's own taxing is brought into it?
As that map shows, STATE level taxing and without including Federal or local taxes range from the bottom $0.17 per pack here in Missouri to a crushing
$4.37 per pack in New York State.
Lest anyone start to lose perspective and again fall into the emotional " but but but it's SMOKING!!" trap we're expected and carefully guided into?
Take a look at a different map, also put together by the Tax Foundation (attribution is within the graphics)
The differences between states were a bit more dramatic when I owned my own truck, but that's pretty dramatic right there if one stops to consider it.
The TAXES ALONE on a gallon for just STATE level taxes applied make the majority % of what I paid for a gallon of diesel the day before 9/11 happened.
(I paid $0.89 a gallon in Resaca, Georgia on 9/10/01 ... It wasn't THAT long ago). Now Government has a fair share of that taken by tax alone ...in
what we're expected to understand, largely by being unaware of *HOW* different states are to illustrate the points.
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So, to wrap up a ranging look at how we're basically screwed in ways to make us smile about excessive taxing, should it NOW be permissible to chase
the last dollar to the point of RICO cases against private shippers for NOT opening your private packages to act as State or Federal tax agents? Is
THAT the job we want private business to assume, as extension of State authority?
...or should states get off their greedy butts and go knock on the doors of each and every resident THEY consider to be criminal tax evaders, rather
than twist a company like Fedex into becoming Super-Snoops under threat of RICO?
After all...This example above is a Smoke Shop for how obvious it 'might' be for what is being shipped ...anyone believe it will have to be that
blatant if this is forced and precedent set?
edit on 1-1-2014 by Wrabbit2000 because: (no reason given)