For the moment, our lives, liberty and property are safe. The General Assembly has adjourned. What did it accomplish? Moonhowlings has a post, State Budget Highlights. Because Moonhowler left the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s links up (AT A GLANCE: Budget highlights), the links are kind of weird.
Note also the comments. I seized on the second budget detail Moonhowler chose to highlight.
Public Television was cut by 10%.
Apparently, Moonhowler regards public television as a sacrosanct. Nonetheless, the General Assembly chose to cut back funding. Since PBS is one of the major propaganda organs of the Democratic Party, I cannot imagine why. Shameful , don’t you think?
I posed the following questions to Moonhowler, but anyone is welcome to answer — either here or at Moonhowlings — take your pick.
What right does government have to collect taxes? What limits that right? When it requires government to force people to give up their hard-earned property (or else), why would we want to put government in charge of it (collecting taxes)?
Here is the point of these questions.
Everything has limits beyond which it becomes poisonous. Water is good for you, but you can drown in it. Just as we must restrain our appetite for water, food, sex, and sleep, we must also restrain our propensity for giving tasks over to government. Government is necessary, but public servants can too easily become our slave/task masters.
Where do you draw the line, -insert your name-. When is enough enough?
A Little Bit Of Serendipity
What if our Highest Principles BECAME our POLITICS.
Here is a media organization that exists by forcing people to pay for its message whether they want to do so or not, and that is their slogan? Don’t they know what Thomas Jefferson had to say about that?
“To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.“ — Thomas Jefferson
UPDATE: Moonhowler defends PBS in Public Broadcasting: A ‘luxury’ we can’t do without. I left my comment here, but a commenter name marinm largely carried the Conservative line.