Scotland and the end of centralization
Mark Leonard at Reuters has some interesting thoughts about how the Scottish independence vote could be “the canary in the independence coal mine,” a harbinger of both statehood movements and political trends in “many nations that do not face imminent break-up – from America to Zambia.” He specifies four of those trends as a desire for self-government that trumps economic interests, resurgent nationalism (which he | Read More »
Taxation without representation, online edition
The Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act by a 69-27 vote on Monday, bringing us one step closer to state taxes on Internet commerce. The House has its own version of the bill, so there’s a pretty good chance it will reach the President’s desk, and of course you had Barack Obama at “new tax.” It will be a wonder if he can keep from | Read More »
Representation without Taxation… Should income taxes be a prerequisite for voting?
In the United States we take taxes very seriously. Indeed it’s in our blood. One of the key reasons for the American Revolution was taxation without representation. The Colonists did not like the idea of paying taxes to England without having a voice in how those funds would be levied or spent, i.e. they didn’t have representation in Parliament. In some cases they had representation | Read More »
Need RS input…Why no representation for DC?
I know the political reason for Obama wanting DC to have house representation, and consequently why we would not want that, but what are the underlting premises that justify them not having some sort of representation in federal government? I am pinned down by some nasty liberals that I would love to give a constitutional answer to, and provide whatever collateral reasoning available. Thank you | Read More »