Still not convinced about the venality of big government? Here’s another nauseating example.
Army Sgt. Jeff Cortazzo of Arlington, Va., began saving for his daughters’ college costs during the financial crisis, when many banks were failing. He stored cash first in his basement and then in a safe-deposit box. All of the money came from paychecks, he said, but he worried that when he deposited it in a bank, he would be forced to pay taxes on the money again. So he asked the bank teller what to do. “She said: ‘Oh, that’s easy. You just have to deposit less than $10,000.’” The government seized $66,000; settling cost Sergeant Cortazzo $21,000. As a result, the eldest of his three daughters had to delay college by a year. “Why didn’t the teller tell me that was illegal?” he said. “I would have just plopped the whole thing in the account and been done with it.”
I don’t particularly care how people vote, but I do care whether they believe in freedom.
That’s why I periodically share stories that should convince everyone to believe in the libertarian philosophy of small government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility.
The stories that get me most agitated are the ones that involve innocent people being robbed by bureaucrats.
And when I say robbed, I use that word deliberately.
Such as the case of an elderly couple who had their hotel stolen by government.
Such as the case of the family grocer who had his bank account stolen by government.
Such as when the government wanted to steal someone’s truck because a different person was arrested for drunk driving.
Such as when the government tried to steal the bond money a family collected to bail out a relative.
Such as when the government seized nearly $400,000 of…
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