Feed the Beast (a Tax Day poem)

Get your taxes done on time? Here’s a little something we whipped up in honor of tax day:

Feed the Beast

Val Muller

 

They pointed a gun at my head.

“Pay your taxes,” the tax man said.

We know better than you,

So pay your due

And go back to your circus and bread.

 

We stick riders in our laws,

Placing power in cronies’ paws,

And if you object

We’ll keep you in check—

And we certainly can because

 

We’re the government, big government,

And we build the roads.

We’re with you from birth,

When you buy food and clothes.

We’re with you at work,

And we’re there when you die,

And we’re there and we’re there,

Washington’s Great Seeing Eye.

 

We can tell you who you marry.

We decide which drugs are scary.

You pay for us to

Tell you what to do,

And we won’t hear the contrary.

 

We’re the government, big government,

And we build the roads.

We’re with you from birth,

When you buy food and clothes.

We’re with you at work,

And we’re there when you die,

And we’re there and we’re there,

Washington’s Great Seeing Eye.

 

We are the glutton you feed.

We have an endless need

For your money and power;

We grow by the hour

With thoughtless, brainless speed.

 

But you have fed us so,

Whether or not you know,

So before you complain,

Use your brain

To limit our gluttonous reign.

Freedom Friday: Freedom for Shaneen Allen!

shaneen-allenFor this week’s Freedom Friday, we are happy to share that New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, has issued a full pardon to Shaneen Allen.

Allen, a Pennsylvania resident, was in possession of a firearm for which she held a valid and legal conceal carry permit from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Her crime was crossing the Delaware River into New Jersey, home of some of the strictest gun laws.

At a traffic stop, Allen informed the officer that she had a firearm in the car which she was licensed to carry. This triggered her arrest, 40 days in jail, loss of her job, and perhaps most devastatingly, the loss of custody of her children. Due to New Jersey’s Byzantine gun control laws, which some gun control activists continue to push for, Allen would also face felony charges preventing her from owning a firearm in the future as well as a mandatory minimum 3 year prison sentence.

All for exercising what is a black-letter right guaranteed by the Constitution via the 2nd Amendment. In addition to this right, the Constitution requires states to give “full faith and credit…to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state.” This should certainly apply to the permitting process whereby states allow law-abiding citizens the right to “conceal carry” firearms.

Allen’s situation is not isolated. And many law-abiding citizens can find themselves in a similar predicament and be victim to overzealous prosecutors and a patchwork of state agreements making a gun permit of one state accepted in a collection of others. To know every possible permutation of what states honor which other states’ permits, you need an interactive map, like this one.

No state has the right to unleash this kind of prosecutorial terrorism on law-abiding citizens. That goes for those who hold the legal right to possess a firearm, and are visiting their state, as well as their own citizens. We prefer to leave it to states to run their own affairs, but each state admitted to the Union shares one federal Constitution. And that Constitution guarantees citizens the right to keep and bear arms.

We tip our hat to the governor of New Jersey and hope that Shaneen Allen’s story will become a call for other states having similar over-the-top gun control laws, like New Jersey (we’re looking at you, Maryland!), to reform their criminal codes to decriminalize the lawful exercise of Constitutional rights!

Debt Files: Peepin’ On the Debt

While wandering around a store this weekend, we saw shelves stocked full of Easter candy: jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, crème eggs, and of course, iconic marshmallow Peeps to name a few.

And as our sweet tooth was being tempted, we thought, hey how much of this stuff could we buy with the national debt? Quite a bit as it turns out (as one would expect with more than $18 trillion to play with). And that’s pre-Easter candy pricing!

Check out our other national debt comparisons at www.freedomforgepress.com/debt, and if you have an idea for a debt file, let us know in the comments or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Debt Files: Gasoline and the National Debt

You asked for it!

A few weeks ago, we asked for interesting items, services, or ideas to translate the national debt into. And some of you had some pretty interesting ideas!

Here’s the first one: Gasoline and the National Debt. Others will be coming soon; you can find them on our blog or see the running collection here.

Got an idea you’d like to see us try to relate to the national debt? Post it in the comments or find us on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll see what we can do!

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