Corporate Tax Complaints

Look, if you’re going to lodge a complaint against corporations for not paying enough in taxes, really what you should be doing is complaining that the government is somehow messed up. The government sets the tax rate and the loopholes, not the corporations*. Unless you’re making the case corporations are doing something illegal (which, incidentally, the IRS is not doing), then Uncle Sam bears all the blame.

So, remind me again who you hate? Government or corporations?

A complaint about corporate taxes is really a complaint about the government. There is no logical way around this.

-JD Cross

* – and don’t try to make some silly argument about corporate lobbying because that too is ultimately the government’s fault, not the corporations’. Lobbying happens because there is an incentive to do so. Typically what the incentives are is that lawmakers change laws to benefit lobbyists. It’s the lawmakers who should be in the hot seat regarding lobbying, not the lobbyists. If government did less (of everything), then lobbying would largely stop happening.

DC CAF: Police spend the money before they have it

In DC, the police spend the money before they have it. Utterly outrageous and lawless. They are so confident that they’ll be able to seize anything that they want – and, indeed, they can and do do so – that they routinely budget for such seizes.

But it looks like that might be about to change, as DC is looking to modify its CAF laws.

Incentives matter, and by changing the CAF incentives, hopefully CAF will drop in DC.

-JD Cross

ACA architect tells it like it is

Oh goody, Obamacare is back in the news. No, it’s not dead. Yet.

This time, the abomination of a law is in the news because its chief behind-the-scenes architect describes how many aspects of the bill were deliberately obfuscated so as to be able to achieve the votes needed to pass. Essentially, he tried to confuse people so much that they couldn’t complain as much as they otherwise would have. Given that they did complain a lot, this is a revealing revelation.

Of course, the grand finale of what the architect has to say is that voters are stupid. With all the sarcasm, irony, and multi-entendre I can muster, I must say: Well put, my big government friend, well put.

-JD Cross

Good Kitty

From wildcat to house cat, the evolution of the domesticated cat.

It’s pretty much exactly the same story that Myrada tells about wolves and dogs in Evolve.

Questions for the masses: Is selective breeding any different than genetic engineering? If so, how? Is selective breeding (deliberate or not) morally acceptable? Based on the answers to your previous questions, can you consistently claim that genetic engineering is wrong?

-JD Cross

Iowa CAF, bring the hammer down on the police

Two Iowa police and a training organization called Desert Snow are the target of a lawsuit by two men who had $100,000 confiscated from them. The two men did nothing wrong and had no illegal things in their possession.

I’m not sure I can think of a punishment severe enough for these officers, nor the Iowa Attorney General who is defending them. This is the very essence of liberty that we’re talking about and the government running roughshod over it.

-JD Cross

Shine a Light: Civil Asset Forfeiture

The NYT has a story on the reprehensible law enforcement practice known as civil asset forfeiture.

I’ve written about this many times before, so I’ll keep my comments here brief. CAF is the epitome of government gone wrong. There are few, if any, practices by the government that violate more and more important rights than civil asset forfeiture. Private property is stolen by the government – some would call that nationalization – and it is done with absolutely no due process. Private property and due process are perhaps the two most important aspects of a rational, lawful society.

Furthermore, the reasons why civil asset forfeiture occurs add insult to grievous injury. This is from a prosecutor defending the practice:

“I’m not saying that that doesn’t happen — it does. It should not. But they never hear about all the people that get stopped with the drugs in their cars, in their houses, the manufacturing operations we see, all the useful things we do with the money, the equipment, vehicles. They don’t hear about that.”

So CAF happens because police forces need money. Put differently: the essential fabric of rational society is destroyed because some cop needs a new cruiser. It is noteworthy that when other people – non-police – steal stuff they go to jail. There is no possible way to justify this behavior.

I always find myself at a complete loss for words powerful enough to describe the absurdity of this.

-JD Cross

The Regulators ARE the Problem

The SEC is itself giving certain traders a distinct information advantage over other traders.

If some other firm or individual were doing this it would be called insider trading and the SEC would go after them and ruin their lives. So SEC, investigate yourself?

Who watches the watchmen?

-JD Cross

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