Libertarianz leader Dr Richard McGrath invites you down to his clinic for an inoculation against this week’s stories and headlines on issues affecting our freedom.
This week: Jail, and some people who should be there.
- DOMPOST: “Disgraced ACC manager must repay $160k” – Corrupt ACC bureaucrat Malcolm Mason has been given 11 months gardening leave and asked to pay back the $160k he took in bribes, as he might repay an interest-free loan…
THE DOCTOR SAYS: What is it with judges these days?
Last week we had the appalling spectacle of “Justice” Joseph Williams reassuring Rikki Perigo-Check—a grown man who kicked a two year old toddler in the abdomen until his pancreas split, thus ensuring the little boy would suffer indescribable pain before dying. How comforting to see Justice Williams—or, as I would have him called if I had my way, Inmate Williams—reassuring this monster that he was not one; to see man from the bench offering words of comfort to a sub-human animal in the dock for slaughtering a defenceless child.
This week it’s Judge Denys Barry, who awarded Malcolm Mason, former employee of a rotten and corrupt state monopoly, a year on the couch watching the Rugby World Cup. God, poor Malcolm must be shaking in his boots at the prospect. He has already expressed remorse, no doubt at being caught. Better not make things too tough on him by charging interest on the bribe that he has been asked to hand back.
Meanwhile, taxpayers who miss a tax payment are landed with usurious penalties; students are charged interest on their loans…we might well ask “What is so special about Mr Mason above such things as imprisonment and fines?”
What is so special about Mr Mason is that he is of the bureaucrat class. The senior bureaucrat class. Imprisonment, fines and penalty payments are for lesser people, for the people who pay the bills, not for senior bureaucrats.
Justices Williams and Barry are in my opinion a disgrace to the judiciary.
Would they were required to serve themselves the sentences they should have handed down.
- DOMPOST: “Fares set to rise despite bad service” – Wellington’s increasingly unreliable commuter train service increases passenger fares…
THE DOCTOR SAYS: Hmm, that sounds like a good business move. Which rocket scientist came up with that idea? Obviously, someone unconcerned with such trivial and irrelevant things as profit and viability. This story actually gets more bizarre, as one learns that those who purchase multi-trip tickets will be stung an extra 5 per cent, as opposed to the average ticket price rise of 4 per cent.
As one commuter quite rightly said: “Why are we paying more and more for something that’s getting worse and worse?”
Let’s face facts: there is no free market in rail services in this country. The involvement of the state ensures that rail services, as with Amtrak in the United States, will be inefficient, unreliable and a financial black hole for taxpayer and ratepayer dollars.
Vote with your feet, Wellington commuters - boycott the bloody useless rail service and car pool instead. Do it now, while we’re still allowed that little bit of freedom. Before the green-washed city councillors in Wellington ban the internal combustion engine altogether.
- DOMPOST: “Tax cheat gets home detention” – A Lower Hutt businessman manages to hang onto almost $1.5M of his own money for several years until IRD goombahs catch up with him…
It won’t come as any surprise that a Libertarianz Party MP would support any reduction—and eventual elimination—of income tax. Not only is its collection an act of extortion, but it offers completely the wrong incentive: it punishes people for the crime of employing others and being self-sustaining and entrepreneurial.
But I had to put this item in, as it contains a quote from an IRD goon that shows just how distorted a person’s mind can become after years spent working for an organisation whose talents lie in seizing the products of other people's time and energy by using threats of violence, while producing nothing of their own.
“Taxpayers expect their taxes to go to pay for public services,” said Department of Legalised Theft bureau-rat Patrick Goggin, “not to tax cheats like [insert name of hapless business owner]."
Not only is that statement questionable in a grammatical sense, it is nonsensical. The extorted funds of other people are not used to “pay for” tax “cheats.” Malcolm Mason was an actual tax cheat: paid with other people’s money. This businessman on the other hand is not. He simply refused to allow his own money to be stolen, regardless of the good intentions of the people trying to steal it from him.
Only in the twisted mind of an IRD employee, or a district court judge, could a person who refused to allow himself be robbed suddenly become the criminal.
In contrast to the bureaucratic bribe-taking couch potato from the Accident Compensation Corrupt Corporation (a monopoly whose services we are forced to purchase), the private businessman who withheld his property from the clutches of the IRD has been sentenced to perform 350 hours of community service.
That’s all for now.
See you next week!
Resistance to sudden violence, for the preservation not only of my person,
my limbs and life, but of my property, is an indisputable right of nature which
I have never surrendered to the public by the compact of society, and which
perhaps, I could not surrender if I would. Nor is there anything in
the common law of England ... inconsistent with that right.
- John Adams, second President of the United States