The Ron Paul FREEDOM PRINCIPLES
- Rights belong to individuals, not groups.
- Property should be owned by people, not government.
- All voluntary associations should be permissible — economic and social.
- The government’s monetary role is to maintain the integrity of the monetary unit, not participate in fraud.
- Government exists to protect liberty, not to redistribute wealth or to grant special privileges.
- The lives and actions of people are their own responsibility, not the government’s.
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There are two equally strong arguments on this issue. Nathan Sands and a few others make the case FOR sales tax because it is the right thing to do and adds great legitimacy to our movement. Several others have made the equally valid point that why should patients help fund the war against themselves, especially when local LEO’s join the feds on these raids?
While there is no simple answer, I tend to fall on the side of liberty and no taxation without representation. These are founding principles that should not be ignored in the name of political expediency. What guarantee do we have that paying sales taxes will stop the raids? None, in fact we have evidence to the contrary and know that these sales tax records can, and will be, used against a defendant in court.
Frankly, I feel the same way about the state ID card. It compromises personal liberty and can be used against defendants in court, or at the least in covert investigations carried out by LEO’s that have never been friendly to cannabis consumers in the first place.
At the end of the day, the People exert the most control over their government via the Power of the Purse. Government needs taxes to function and when the People pay tax without representation we betray our founding principles. Therefore I feel it is important that we unify as a movement and clearly state that we will cheerfully pay our fair share of taxes when the raids stop and we can rely on LEO’s to protect our property rather than seize it. Meanwhile, it may be prudent for providers to fund savings accounts that can be used to pay taxes when prohibition of cannabis ends.
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