KUHNHEIN: Kentucky tolls, taxes and liberty

Posted by on February 18, 2015
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Written by: Garth Kuhnhein

An open letter to our Kentucky Legislators…On Tolls, Taxes and Liberty

What strikes me about the discussion on taxes and tolls is that it really is about the “Blessings of Liberty” that are secured by the Constitution.  What many fail to realize is that personal property is essential to the “Liberty” that the Constitution sets out to secure “to ourselves and our Posterity.”  Those key words from the opening sentence from the Constitution.

John Locke in his writings points out that “all property is an extension of a person’s life, energy, and ingenuity.  Therefore, to destroy or confiscate such property is, in reality, an attack on the essence of life itself.”

Taxes be they in the form of tolls that are imposed by the power of government under the guise of increasing our “safety” or by the Local Option Sales Taxes in what is being touted by the LIFTER’s as “let the people vote” are exactly what John Locke was warning us about in his Two Treatises of Government, in 1689.

The primary purpose of government is to protect our property, to protect our liberty.  This is exactly why our governments, local, state and federal are a republic form and not a democracy.  You are our elected representatives and senators and you are to protect us from those that will take our liberty, take our property for their own enrichment.  The protection of our liberty is not a Republican or a Democrat issue.  It is up to you as individuals to recognize the importance of this founding principle.

If it were a Republican or Democrat issue the tolls as taxes and the LOST cause would be easily solved by the Republicans if they would follow the Republican Platform.

Taxes, by their very nature, reduce a citizen’s freedom.  Their proper role in a free society should be to fund services that are essential and authorized by the Constitution….We reject the use of taxation to redistribute income, fund unnecessary or ineffective programs, or foster the crony capitalism that corrupts both politicians and corporations.

Unfortunately Mark Twain recognized that the founding principles are too often lost on legislators and he is credited with the following, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”

I urge all our legislators to support our funding principles to support our republic, to protect our liberties and to reject the “LOST Cause” and to reject tolls and the corporate welfare/crony capitalism that come with P3’s.

Garth Kuhnhein is a registered engineer, board member of Sanitation District No. 1, member of the Kenton County GOP Executive Committee, an active supporter of Northern Kentucky United and is involved in liberty issues across Kentucky.

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  • “The power to tax involves the power to destroy.”—Chief Justice John Marshall (delivering the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819)

    P3’s should be rejected. Bail-ins are just as bad as bailouts. Both reward corruption.

    Bail-ins are only popular because of ignorant misconceptions that are exploited to benefit corrupt politicians and investors who are skilled at manipulating our political system.

    The politicians get to appear at ribbon-cutting ceremonies and announce that their payoff to the investors will create X-number of jobs. The investors happily play along with the politicians and claim that “but for” the politician’s help, the investment would have gone elsewhere, depriving the community of jobs.

    The public can identify jobs associated with government expenditures far more easily than it can identify the jobs lost because of the taxes used to pay for it, and the public erroneously concludes that spending public money is what results in jobs. (It becomes even more difficult to identify cause and effect when you add in government bonds to shift the timing of some of the negative impact on the public.) But it may be the investor’s more efficient competitor who goes out of business because they focused on providing what the market wanted instead of manipulating the political system. In the long run you end up with Kentucky’s anti-business tax code that hurts most businesses but rewards the corrupt.

    We need to make the tax code favorable to business in general and not rig the game to reward corruption by picking winners and losers.

    • Me112233

      Most communities have placed a “payroll” tax on the employees at those factories that get the bail-ins. Ultimately, the bail-in is paid for by the ignorant stooge working at the factory in question, and the other ignorant stooges working at other locations in the community. All government money comes from TAXPAYERS. It does not come from some mystical government fund in the sky. The ultimate beneficiaries of taxes on the “working people” are the exceptionally wealthy business owners (who are on the receiving end of the bail-ins) and the professional welfare bums.