Via: Sovereign Man
by Simon Black on March 20, 2013
Reporting from Santiago, Chile
In 1729, that Jonathan Swift (of Gulliver’s Travels fame) penned a famous satirical essay from England entitled “A Modest Proposal.” It’s still famous to this day as mandatory reading in many a high school literature class.
As you may recall, Swift addresses the problem of the ultra-depressed Irish economy and mockingly advocates that the Irish should sell their children for rich Englishmen to eat. Lovely thought.
I thought about the essay this morning when one of our Liberty Alert Service researchers alerted me to a new bill just introduced in the Land of the Free, HR 1160. The bill aims “to set the retirement benefits age for today’s six-year-olds at age 70.”
Maybe Swift wasn’t so far-fetched. Screw the kids.
No doubt, governments are adroit at finding ways to steal from people. As the case of Cyprus demonstrated over the weekend, they’re quite happy to propose confiscating funds at gunpoint.
They’re also adept at seizing assets. In the Land of the Free now, there are hundreds of state, local, and federal agencies which have all the power they need to seize your property for violating some obscure regulation.
Then there are more subtle methods like inflation– a slow, steady theft of people’s purchasing power. Or taxation– outright theft masquerading as patriotism.
This legislation is just another form of theft, and one of the most despicable– pushing today’s obligations onto the shoulders of future generations.
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