Our Representatives are a Bunch of Scallywags!
Isn’t it interesting concerning the originality of the word “filibuster?” In the 1600s, the word was used in many languages and referred to those individuals who were pirates. You had the captain of a vessel, the quartermaster, who provided a balance of power in managing a crew, and the crewmen themselves; all known as filibusters. They were pirates. It wasn’t until the 1860s when the word took on a legislative tone and the light began to shine on the scurvy who called themselves representatives of the people. And then they let the piracy begin.
The earlier use identified filibusters as basically a bunch of robbers of merchant ships at sea. Today, the term is also used primarily in the US Senate to describe one party pirating another party’s efforts to get around the will of the majority of US citizens or passing something because that one party just so happens to be in power at the moment but can’t put together the 60 votes needed to ram something down our throats like Obamacare. The democrats didn’t have the 60 votes but they played games with the rules to get it passed – it was criminal but since they are immune from recrimination since they control the ethics committee; they got off scot free. Just like what happens when the Captain on a pirate ship has all the power and no quartermaster to hold him in check. But in our case the Democrats mutinied with the Captain’s help to change from being privateers to pirates of our economy. Given the chance, the republicans will do the same.
Usually, governments would hire privateers to go after other ships “legally” to control shipping or take down pirates. It was like a contract for service just like building roads today. While out there on the open seas, the privateers where taken over by a type of scurvy called greed, had a meeting of the crew and they all voted to go rouge, become pirates, keeping all the booty for themselves. They divided the booty amongst themselves and the government of the people and by the people got cheated and no pot holes got filled. The only difference to this story is the booty is made up of our tax dollars which does less and less work for us every day; just mostly for them. These privateers get themselves elected so they can go to Washington, D. C. where they decide to become pirates since everyone else is doing it.
A lot of good citizens send their money in early because they just don’t know any better. The government holds it for up to a year in their coffers so they can start raiding it right away. The good citizen goes without, then files his taxes and gets a big chunk back in the mail. It amounts to a loan to the government with no interest. When the government comes up short with their play booty, they borrow from the Chinese and pay an interest rate by using our money, not theirs. If you don’t send in your money early, you will be fined for not sending in enough money ahead of time for them to pirate. If you fail to pay your taxes on time when you do owe, you get fined. If you set it up on payments you pay interest. These pirates have got us coming and going.
There are a ton of the examples of how they suck us dry. If I lose $6000 in one year trying to invest in the stock market to make extra money, they don’t let me deduct the whole amount as a loss. They will only let me have a deduction for $3000. They want to hold the rest over for a year and then let me deduct the second $3000 the following year. So I have to pay taxes on the $3000 they disallowed as a loss this year. If I lose $30,000 in a crashing market that they probably caused by their mismanagement of our tax dollars, it will take me 10 years to recoup that loss. But, If by chance next year I make $50,000, they will let me claim my accrued loss from prior years. That sounds like a good deal, right? But it usually doesn’t work that way. The market usually comes back slowly over several years and I make a little each year. I am still only permitted to claim $3000 of that major loss each year. I will be paying taxes again on the lost money each year until I catch up. Sounds like a case of the Ponzi scurvy; only taking vitamin C won’t protect me this time.
We are about to get another tax rammed at us. They want to begin a gun control system where every gun in America is registered. In most cases right now across the country, only the purchaser of a gun has to go through a background check at the time of purchase. As long as they can pass the check they can buy as many guns as they want. Many of these purchasers are straw purchasers for drug dealers, gang members and any other type of criminal you can think of. Drug dealers give the addict a small hit, send them into a gun shop to pass a check and then walk out with several guns of the exact same make. It is then the addict gets the rest of his hit. Some are just guys and girls from rural states buying guns for $100 bucks a piece, removing the serial numbers and then driving them to New York City, Chicago or Los Angeles where they sell them on a street corner for $500-$600 apiece. They are gun runners like rum runners or moonshiners. None of which the government has ever been able to control. If the government begins limiting guns, then the price will go up for illegal guns because the government caused a shortage. Supply and demand is the name of the game. If the price goes up then there are those who will find a way to fill the demand because there is so much more money to be gained.
The government doesn’t really care about the death of innocent children at places like Sandy Hook. Like they say, “never let a crisis go to waste.” This is an opportunity to get people stirred up emotionally, play like you are doing something about Sandy Hook, and come up with a new system of taxation. There are approximately 260 million registered cars on the road today but there are probably that many in junk yards, parked in garages or just standing idle in the backyard, front yard or out in the field gathering rust; all of which are not registered.
But at least we can see them. Guns are in just about every closet in America hidden behind a ton of junk cloths no one ever wears. They are in gun safes and cabinets and under millions of mattresses. There are interestingly enough, about 250 million of them – about the same as cars. But cars wear out; guns do not. There are about 16 million guns sold each year according to the number of background checks. But people are always doing private sells between each other to get extra money to live on. They supposedly found out through surveys that there are about 50 million households with guns. But each time gun control comes up as an issue, the number of households with guns drops in those surveys. So if guns don’t wear out for about 50 years and there are 16 million being bought each year at gun shops, I would be willing to bet that there are a bunch more guns out there no one knows about except the owners who won’t admit it for fear of some form of reprisal. They just lie on the surveys for so many reasons. If you buy a gun for safety purposes, why tell anyone who asks the question over the phone, whether you have one. It defeats the purpose. Duh!
So let’s get back to the expenses on owning a handgun. A prime example is New York. You might pay upwards of $300 dollars for the purchase of a gun. Those are revolvers where you have to hand fill the revolver 6 times after firing all six rounds. Semiautomatics come with magazines and clips that you can load infinitely prior to any firing, depending on how many clips you have and how many you can carry on your person at one time. Those guns are upwards of $800. But then the state comes into the picture. New York wants $340 for the application fee and $94 to $105 for taking fingerprints depending on the method. The gang members get a better deal buying a handgun off the street at $500. Nobody knows and nobody cares. There are 11,000 homicides by handguns in the US each year, and 9000 are black on black homicides with illegal guns. The deaths are predominately in black neighborhoods, mostly very young kids, in states that have the strictest gun laws and fee systems run by democrats but have the most killings with illegal guns. They do not care about the deaths; or they would fix that problem. In Brazil, they cleaned out an entire neighborhood infested with guns and gangs to prepare for the Olympics coming to town. It can be done.
Our government wants any money that can be had to be had. They want to do what they always do – find ways to milk the private sector for as much as they can get. And gun registration is the golden goose – the ship on the high seas that is loaded up to the mast with tons of gold ripe to be taken by the modern pirates of the day. They are after the fees. They are already taxing our liquor, want to legalize marijuana so they can tax that and they tax every car annually.They charge you $400 for a passport and now they want just about that much for every gun you own. They already tax the gun companies on their income. Then they charge gun shop owners a fee for a license to operate and now they want to tax each gun owner for each gun they own. I wonder if they are going to give me a discount if I own 10 guns; or at least put me on a payment plan over several years so I can pay these fees. The kids will have to do without for a while since I need to feed the government first.
They do not know where all 260 million guns are at, who owns them or even how to start the “taxation process.” So they will just begin with new gun sales, scare those who have old guns with fines if they don’t come forward and when your gun you sold in your garage sale is used by the guy who sold it to a guy who sold it to a guy who kills kids in their own neighborhood, they are going to hold you responsible for the crime, fine you for not registering your gun and the rest of those guys who had the gun will go free since they didn’t register the gun when they had it.
The insurance companies got into the game, too. They must have offered to put a great deal of money into the re-election coffers of our pirates if they would include in the law a requirement that gun owners insure their weapons. It is a win-win situation for pirates and insurance companies; we lose. And the pirates will find a way to bring more money into their personal coffers by granting the insurance companies tax breaks if they speed up the insurance process by offering incentives to get as many guns insured as possible.
It never ends. Our duely elected officials always tell us they are looking out for us but they are really looking out for themselves since it is so enticing to pick up all the money floating on the open sea of US private civilians trying to make a living in a world of piracy created by our government. They are the most parasitical bunch of swashbucklers, wining and dining on rum and caviar and hanging out at the local punch houses while we are stuck eating barnacles and drinking grog when it will be only a matter of time before we will be “dancing the hempen jig” dangling from the financial disaster of a rope around our necks sucking the last penny from our hardworking lives.
Argh! I’m shivering in my timbers.