Gun Activists Have A Stake Against Filtering Software[Censorware]

Tim May tcmay at
Wed Mar 28 20:56:55 PST 2001

At 11:27 PM -0500 3/28/01, Declan McCullagh wrote:
>On Wed, Mar 21, 2001 at 11:10:03AM -0800, Tim May wrote:
>>  When the State has the power to take monies and then decide how and
>>  when to dole them back out, it is using its coercive powers to
>>  regulate behavior just as surely as if it had banned behaviors
>>  outright.
>Right. If only the big-government fetishists would think through
>this (not that it would change things) -- why not just let the Feds
>tax at 100 percent and dole out money to worthy causes, with strings

The difference between 100% and 70% is not great. It serves the same purpose.

(Many estimate the tax burden to be in this ballpark, considering 
that income to non-governmental agencies is taxed at a high rate 
(usually the max, 50 % combined federal and state), then the income 
and dividends to employees and shareholders is further taxed at a 
high rate (30-45%). Tack on property taxes, utility taxes, 8% sales 
taxes, energy taxes, special use permit taxes, boat taxes, luxury 

These united states have allowed themselves to become something far, 
far worse than what the colonists were revolting against.

A kleptocracy, with a Potemkin facade of freedom.

--Tim May
Timothy C. May         tcmay at        Corralitos, California
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