How the Left Thinks Gun Control Actually Works – Daniel J. Mitchell – Townhall Finance Conservative Columnists and Financial Commentary
March 26, 2012
While there are some statists who viscerally despise freedom and want ordinary citizens disarmed so that only the government has guns, most supporters of gun control presumably are motivated by a sincere desire to reduce crime and violence.
Their problem is a naive assumption that bad people will obey laws banning gun ownership and possession. Or a flawed assumption that the police can be everywhere.
And this is why this video is not only funny, but also a glimpse into the leftist mindset.
It was included in a comment on this post featuring a very funny cartoon,
but it definitely deserves more attention.
Last but not least, this poster (click to enlarge) is quite effective.
Should States Be Allowed to Tax Outside their Borders, Particularly if It Means a Database of Your Online Purchases?
Tax competition, as I have explained to the point of being a nuisance, is an important restraint on the greed of the political class. Simply stated, politicians are less like to over-tax and over-spend if they know that geese with the golden eggs can fly across the border.
This is mostly an issue in the world of international tax policy, but the same principles apply for sub-national governments inside a nation.
State and local governments should compete with each by offering the best fiscal climate. Sadly, just as high-tax nations such as France and Germany are trying to hinder global tax competition, high-tax state governments are seeking to undermine fiscal rivalry inside the United States.
More specifically, they want to create a state sales tax cartel that would allow governments to force out-of-state businesses serve as deputy tax collectors. Greedy politicians are fearful that online shopping deprives them of revenue, so they are pushing for a privacy-threatening database that will enable them to track and tax these transactions.
I explained this issue last week for a standing-room-only audience on Capitol Hill.
The entire discussion is posted online, including the very astute observations of my former Heritage Foundation colleague, Adam Thierer, now at the Mercatus Center.