John Fockler

Ohio HB 571: Taxing a Tax

“Taxation is theft” is a well-used Libertarian motto, even by the minarchists in the party, like me, who concede that some government is necessary, and therefore must be paid for somehow.  The reason we say that is that tax money is extracted from the taxpayer at the point of a gun, at least by implication.  …

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Seems to Me I’ve Heard That Song Before

We’ve all heard the speech.  In fact, we’ve all heard it over and over again.  It goes something like this: “Friends, and I call you friends because you are my friends, this is a wonderful country we all live in.  It’s a great country, and we’re a great people.  But we have fearsome challenges ahead of us.  …

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Taking Advantage of a Crisis

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before. Rahm Emanuel And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, [my opponent] is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two …

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Lessons of the Roman Hoard

Recently, in a Facebook thread, another poster asked why anyone would need to own a powerful weapon, such as the AR-15 which was recently used in yet another brutal, senseless shooting of innocent victims.  He claimed (and I have no reason to doubt his word) that he has never fired a gun himself, although I …

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Trouble Melts Like Lemon Drops

Someday I’ll wish upon a starAnd wake up where the clouds are farBehind me.Where troubles melt like lemon dropsAway above the chimney topsThat’s where you’ll find me. “Over The Rainbow” by Harold Arlen You may not live in the “Merry Old Land of Oz,” but politicians make their livings by pretending to be the Wizard. …

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