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Let Us Reflect On Lady Liberty's 117th  
User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8494 posts, RR: 12
Posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1208 times:

From http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig5/browne7.html

Today, October 29, 2004, is the Statue of Liberty's 117th birthday. She was built in France with money donated by the French, and erected in the United States with money donated by the American public in 1886. She represents, above all, liberty and freedom.

Unfortunately, the America today is not the same America that existed in 1886. "Today any group of people can get together and vote to take money away from the people who've earned it, vote to regulate the lives of other people, vote to tell other people how to live. We have long since torn up the Constitution and every single article in the Bill of Rights."

Taxes
1886: zip, zilch, nada income tax
2003: 35% max income tax plus 15% for Social Security

Taxes' drain on the economy
1886: 7%
2003: ~50% of the national income

Federal expenditures
1886: $242 million
2003: over $2 trillion (10,000 times as much)

Federal debt (inflation adjusted)
1886: $1.40 per person
2003: $21,654 per person


Quote from the article:
In 1886 there were no crimes against the state – no drug laws, no prohibitions of any kind. People lived their own lives, and if you didn't like the way someone lived, you simply didn't associate with him. You didn't run to the legislature to try to get a law passed to change his conduct; you just stayed away from him. In 2003 there is no law regulating conduct that is so ridiculous that someone won't introduce it in the U.S. Congress or some state legislature.

In 1886 America, the individual stood above the state. In 2003 the state's "compelling interest" comes first.

If America in 1886 was a land of liberty, what is America in 2003?




The history of Lady Liberty:
http://www.americanparknetwork.com/parkinfo/sl/history/liberty.html

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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1198 times:

They had a very funny item on 'Les Guignols de l'Info' the other night (its a satirical news show on Canal+ with 'Spitting Image'-style full size puppets) - it showed the Statue of Liberty, disgusted with the Patriot Act, the dirty politics etc etc, stepping down off her plinth, diving into NY harbour and swimming back across the Atlantic !

User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1194 times:

In such a circumstance, JGPH1A, we would do what the French never do with asylum seekers: intercept her and send her back.  Big grin


She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1188 times:

Banco - I think the item implied she was heading back to France, where she came from ! (Why do Brits automatically assume everything crossing the Atlantic is headed to the UK - there are other coasts you know  Smile )

Naturally on arrival in France, she would be sent to Son Gatte and encouraged to cross to Britain clinging to the underside of a Eurostar, in accordance with normal French immigration policy.


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1185 times:

Actually, I wasn't assuming she was headed to the UK.


She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
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