Archive for the ‘Local Ordinances’ Category

Eminent Domain is Still Theft

June 8, 2018

I must laugh at this video: http://americangg.net/local-government-furious/

Short version: City of Dallas wants to run an 84″ water pipeline through a guy’s property. He tells them to take a hike. He builds a cemetery on his property so that it cannot be eminent domain-ed under Texas law. Years and many dollars of lawsuit later, the city gives up.

Listen to butthurt lady on the city council who is furious that a man gets to keep his property. Her tears are delicious.

Be wary anytime someone says “for the common good.” Our eminent domain laws often mention “the common good” or “the greater good.” Who decides? Is it really for the “common good” if a group of people can decide how to dispose of your property?

If one is consistent with this thought process, he or she should probably commit suicide. After all, he or she is but one person, and after they are gone, they likely have two kidneys, a heart, two lungs, and a liver that could support six other lives. Isn’t that the “greater good” or “the greatest good for the greatest number?”

And while we are talking about burying a pipe on someone’s land, not whether or not a person has a right to live, are they really that different? If the government can take my property any time they see fit, do we really own anything? We can be made homeless, and allowed to freeze in the cold by the simple whim of the government.

“But, they compensate you for your land…” No. If I hold a gun to your head, and insist that you sell me your Rolex for $1, it’s still robbery. Sale implies an agreement from both parties. When one party can use force to make you “agree”, it’s not a deal. A robber that says, “your money or your life” is not selling you your health and well-being.

Eminent domain will always be theft. If there was a fair deal to be made, the government would not need such a system of codes. They could deal fairly, and both sides of the deal would be satisfied with what they received.

Thank you for reading my post.

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Why “Buying Local” is a Joke

July 27, 2017

Around town, there are signs and stickers and advertisements, attempting to convince all of us residents to “Buy Local” instead of driving down the hill to the larger city (in the next county, five miles away from my house) and shopping there.

There is no incentive for me to shop local.  First, taxes are lower down the hill, so my groceries are cheaper.  Second, there are more stores with better hours down the hill.  Third, the stores are better stocked, better staffed and have a better shopping experience.  Fourth, there are fewer idle police officers, writing tickets for 3 mph over the speed limit, or dirty license plates, or other giant wastes of time.

“Buy Local” is a bunch of crap.  It attempts to guilt trip you into buying a product you would not normally buy, or paying more for a product.  If your store has better produce, you don’t need a guilt trip to convince people to buy your produce.  If it has better prices, you don’t need a guilt trip to convince people to pay less.  If you provide a more convenient experience, you can charge more, and you don’t need a guilt trip to convince people to pay more for a quick stop.

Instead, the whole “Buy Local” is a bunch of guilt.  The town will either guilt you based on environmental concerns (if you buy from the local farmer’s market instead of the Walmart, you are saving all of that truck traffic), or based on community “needs” (if you buy local, you help but your neighbor’s daughter through dance lessons instead of sending money to an executive somewhere else).

In reality, if you have a better product, or some advantage (convenience, better hours, cleaner store, etc.) people will come.  They will often drive out of their way for it.

Be wary of any store that tries to convince you to buy a product on anything other than the product’s value to you.  They are simply asking you to pay more for a product than it is worth to you, based on some guilt- guilt you did not earn.  Guilt for their inferior product or inferior store.  It’s the same guilt a bum expects you to feel for “having” when they “have not.”

Walk away from those establishments until they can trade value for value.

Thank you for reading my post.