First, turn your eyes towards these two articles…one on Cnet and the other at AOL’s Daily Finance.
Now, I know, I know…there’s so much juicy anti-government targets in this fight. Encroaching, greedy, government hands in my pockets. 1984 Big Brother sneaking in and getting all my data and me cowering in the privacy-less corner… Yeah, lots of stuff, and sure, that might not be a bad thing to rail against. But I would like to say the following instead:
This is what happens when you ask your government…state, local, federal…doesn’t matter; to take care of you and all your bills. To feed you. To cloth you. To keep you safe and warm. To give you a bed and a home to sleep in. To keep those evil Capitalist out of you life. To ensure that you don’t have to work. To make sure you get resources without have to trade one of your own (can you say “labor”…I knew you could). To keep you healthy. To provide you a “safety net” against the risks of life. To keep you safe from the weather. To keep you free of dissenting opinion. These are the things you have asked for…what we have asked for as a nation. What we agreed we wanted as candidate after candidate, Republican and Democrat promised we didn’t have to worry about such annoying things as “life”. This is what you get.
This is what Ayn Rand called “causality”. That it is important, life and death importation, to be able to say what caused something. Not for the sake of blame and “I-told-you-so’s”m but so you could have an understanding of: How did this happen? What caused this? How do we avoid this in the future?
What you have now is a broke country. Broke states. Broke local governments. We have asked these entities to take care of us and they have failed to do so on the dime they had. There was the inevitable turn in the market and a loss of tax revenue and so these very groups that we have charged to pay for our lives don’t have the money…so they have to do what everyone does when they find out that they are “cash poor” as Dave Ramsey is fond of saying. They must find the money. And this is one of the things that North Carolina is doing. They are trying to get the money.
Right, wrong, irrelevant…North Carolina says Amazon owes the remittance and that’s that. You can’t have it both ways people. That’s the point to this. You can’t have the government pay for everything but not give them the money for them to pay for it with.
Of course we all know where this train ends…but causality being what it is…it’s important to know how the train got started. It started with you. It started with me. Our parents. Our grand parents. It started with honest Americans bought the line that government can take care of you. That any ideology based on enslaving a minority to pay for the wants and needs of the majority is flawed because of the laws of economics. The laws of physics if you will…they don’t allow this. It fails from the weight of the illogical every time.
We caused this when we got on the train. And now to judge how the conductor runs the train is simply being intellectually dishonest. You can not board the train and put yourself over to the conductor and engineer…and judge them at the same time. “Please take care of me…but don’t make me help you”. It seems dishonest. You can not yell at North Carolina for over-reaching. You can not get angry that they are asking for too much information. You appointed them the engineer and conductor…soon they will have even more information and you will have even less freedom and absolutely no privacy. You have asked them to do the impossible. You agreed with their trade…your freedom for your security. And soon you will have neither.
The causality is simple. The cure is even more simple. We should have never gotten on this train. And now…we must jump off as soon as possible…and be prepared for a very bumpy landing. And hope we walk away.