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F.R. Duplantier reporting Behind The Headlines

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December 24, 2000
Random Thoughts On Misgovernment

F.R. Duplantier

by: F.R. Duplantier

Checks and balances make our government less efficient -- and less repressive.

Inefficient Freedom
Regional government is just another plan to disenfranchise the electorate. The only thing standing between the politicians and their grand schemes, you see, are those pesky voters! Why won't we let them do what they want? Why are we so contrary? Don't we realize that they only have our best interests at heart? Don't we understand how much more efficient a regional government would be, how much power it would have to do good? As a matter of fact, we do understand, and that's the problem. Efficiency in government is not what we're striving for. It's personal freedom. That's what we want. And the biggest threat to that freedom is -- and always has been -- a big, powerful, efficient government.

Land Sale
There's nothing like the discipline of having to earn a living! If federal land managers had to support themselves, they'd soon turn losses into profits. But why not take Uncle Sam out of the land management business altogether? Rather than having the demonstrably inefficient federal government continually encroaching on the property rights and land management prerogatives of the states, why not reverse the process? Why not cede or sell all federal lands back to the states and the people, to which they rightfully belong? Those federal lands that are now unproductive or counterproductive would, under state or private management, instead become valuable revenue-generating assets. The cost to the federal government of maintaining its property would disappear, and its tax receipts would increase even as tax rates declined.

Bribing Ourselves
The effort to transform state driver's licenses into national identification cards exemplifies the perversion of our federal system enabled by the income tax. Most of the prerogatives lost by the states have been ceded voluntarily -- in return for pelf. The tradeoff has become so routine that hardly anyone notices: The Department of Transportation issues new regulations to which all states receiving federal assistance must conform, and how many of us stop to consider the far-reaching implications? Outrageous regulations issuing from Washington are not compulsory; they only apply to states on the take. Just say no to the payoffs and ignore the regulations. Better yet, repeal the Sixteenth Amendment and deprive Uncle Sam of the wherewithal to offer bribes.

Repeal 16th & 17th Amendments!
Congressional hearings documented IRS abuses, but, so far, no one's been punished for them! Here's the catch: Reforming the IRS is impossible without first reforming the Congress -- and reforming the Congress is impossible so long as our representatives can bribe their way back into office with internal revenue. This neat little swindle dates back to 1913, when the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Amendments were ratified. The effect of both was to increase dramatically the power of the federal government at the expense of the States. The best way to restore the balance of power is to repeal both Amendments. When the power of the federal government to lay direct taxes is once again mitigated by the States, and U.S. Senators again answer to the legislatures that select them -- only then will citizens be safe from a ravenous Leviathan.

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