Austin’s own punk journalist and blogger Jack Blood gives us some great commentary by Szandor Blestman titled “Demand Freedom, not Free Stuff” on how we can all benefit from the reduction of government in all aspects of our lives and how increased government intervention reduces, not increases, freedom and liberty.

I keep hearing about percentages. There’s the 99% and the 47% which means they’re pitted against the 1% and the 53%. Is this how we really want to limit our society, by having a certain percentage pitted against another certain percentage? Do we want to fall into that mind trap? Do we want to be so immersed in group think that we forget we are all individuals with individual needs, wants and desires? Do we really want to exude hatred toward another group who have worked hard and made the most of their opportunities rather than joining together and concentrating on the group that has systematically and incrementally removed opportunity for all over the decades? Have we become a society of slaves blaming other slaves and ignoring the masters?

Here’s a little history. The modern day income tax was first employed in this nation in 1913, the same year the Federal Reserve System was created. Coincidence? I think not. Back then, it was supposed to tax only the top 1% of income earners. 1%, sound familiar? Back then, the top 1% was anyone earning more than $14,000 per year. You wanna talk about inflation? Nobody cared much because, I mean, what the heck, it only affected the top 1% and who gives a crap about any of them, right?

So, incrementally, little by little as time passed, the burden of income taxes was spread to the lower income earners because everyone needs to pay their “fair share” until today when most every worker, most every laborer, has taxes taken directly from their paycheck and then they have to take the time out of their own busy lives or pay someone else to do government paperwork so they can get their own money back. What kind of craziness is this? Now, 100 years later, income taxes affect just about everyone. And, here’s the kicker, the only people who really benefit from the income tax are the central bankers as just enough income taxes are collected to pay off the interest on the national debt. How about that? So this 53% against 47% BS is just a smokescreen to keep people from seeing the real issue, the issue of who’s really getting the money.

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