May 16, 2006
we don't have debtor's prisons anymore
The city of Savannah was settled by a few aristocrats and a gang of rapscallions given the choice of rotting in debtor's prison or sailing the the New World. Anybody able enough chose door #2, because it was better to take a chance than rot in jail.
Of course, we don't throw people in jail for debt anymore, unless they owe taxes to the government. I've said it before and I'll it say again--- you DO NOT "own" anything anymore. You RENT from government, and if you don't pay, government will fry you.
"Private property," my ass. Richard Hatch just ate a jail sentence more severe than what a rapist or an armed robber would receive for a crime of violence, and his "sin" was a failure to pay income taxes to our benevolent, all-caring federal government. I ain't a Richard Hatch fan, but that sentence seems kinda harsh to me.
He won the money by being a "Survivor," and that's the LAST THING government wants you to be today. If you DO NOT need government help, government will make you wish that you did. It's all part of that
Bejus. We once fought a rebellion against the most powerful nation in the world over a tax on tea. Now, thanks to our "freedom," we cough up almost half of every penny we earn (IF you WORK) to a government that is more oppressive than ANYTHING our founding fathers could imagine in their wildest dreams.
We've certainly come a long way, baby...
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