[Vision2020] Taxpayer Rights
thansen at moscow.com
Thu May 10 22:07:29 PDT 2007
Yes, Arnold. For the umpteenth time, it is called "RULE BYMAJORITY"
enforced by the "social contract" enacted in 1789. This "social contract"
(Constitution) can be amended by a MAJORITY vote in both the House and
Senate and ratified by 75% of the states. When bills are proposed and
successfully processed as I have just detailed, "we the people" define how
we are to be governed.
"We're a town of about 23,000 with 10,000 college students. The college
students are not very active in local elections (thank goodness!)."
- Dale Courtney (March 28, 2007)
From: Donovan Arnold [mailto:donovanjarnold2005 at yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2007 9:54 PM
To: Tom Hansen; vision2020 at moscow.com
Subject: Re: [Vision2020] Taxpayer Rights
"If limits were to be imposed against the "democratic majority", how would
it be decided who imposes these limitations?"
How about a social contract (Constitution) and Judicial Branch that limits
what the majority can force the minority to do, unalienable rights that
cannot be voted away, even by a 9/10 majority? In cases of taxes, how about
a limit of 50% of one's total earned wealth? How about an alternative
MAXIMUM taxed limit so you got something left?
"Nobody has the right to hand-pick which laws they will abide by and which
laws (or zoning codes) they will ignore, not even the minority."
They don't? So a slave has no right to freedom if the majority says he/she
does not? You have no right to oppose the will of the majority that may wish
to euthanize your wife or mother? How about infanticide, murder, or torture
of animals? Are there no moral or ethical values which you see as being
above the law written by humans?
Slavery in your view then, was right, and slaves had no right to object or
flee their society created social roles handed to them by the vote of the
Interesting perspective, please elaborate Hansen.
Tom Hansen <thansen at moscow.com> wrote:
"Am I wrong to think that there should be some limits placed on what the
democratic majority can do to the minority taxpayer that just feels
completely robbed and stripped of the fruits of their hard labor?"
If limits were to be imposed against the "democratic majority", how would it
be decided who imposes these limitations?
It is really very, very simple. The very foundation of our government is
utilitarian in concept, the belief that most of the people know what is best
for most of the people most of the time - rule by majority.
Nobody has the right to hand-pick which laws they will abide by and which
laws (or zoning codes) they will ignore, not even the minority.
Seeya round town, Moscow.
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