In yet another example of how greed works to keep market prices down, the State of Alaska had to let a new bill for oil taxes die in committee…not because someone thought the bill was an egregious theft of property, but because the house and the senate had a difference of opinion on how much to steal…
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State lawmakers have failed to agree on terms of an oil-tax bill, a key component to bringing a proposed 3,600-mile natural gas pipeline closer to reality.
The source of contention between the House and Senate was a single percentage point in the base rate of the tax on profits and how fast that rate would escalate as oil prices rise.
You just can't make this stuff up! Reality is a hell of a lot funnier than fiction!
An interesting side note is that all Alaskans own all of the underground resources, per state fiat. So they have been conned into the idea that as long as it is community owned, they all benefit. It matters not to them that they are simply taking the money from their right pocket and putting it in their left pocket (after droppin some of their change to the state) and calling it a gain. Too funny!
I am reminded of the view of statists, most of whom are Christians, that they only support the parts of the state that they agree with. They don't support the things that the state does that they don't fancy. Sorry folks, it doesn't work that way. It is an all or none kind of thing. As soon as you allow immorality in the state functions, it becomes a part of it whether you support it or not. Your choice is to refuse to support the state until it becomes moral again, or support immorality and further feed it.
I have posted before on Faux Christians, which most Christians are, in that they have a moral relativism that outflanks any other philosophy. They can pick and choose the commandments which they will honor and the ones which they will break, as long as it is in support of the State. Indeed, it seems they place the State above God.
Samuel had something to say on this…
This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the Lord will not answer you in that day. — 1 Samuel, chapter 8:11–18:
"I see little divinity about them or you. You talk to me of Christianity when you are in the act of hanging your enemies. Was there ever such blasphemous nonsense!" — George Bernard Shaw