Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country
of West Texas
Tuesday, March 4, 2003
By Smokey Briggs
Taxes - the communist's
Just what is the mission of a government?
Is it the job of the state to feed the poor?
To clothe the needy?
To provide healthcare for everyone?
To fund museums?
To provide grants to artists?
Each and every one of the above ideas is noble. Each is a good idea and
good people try to make sure that such things take place.
In a perfect world no one would face hunger, or a lack of medicine. No
person would lack for shelter or clothing. Artists would not lack for funding
so that they could focus on their craft. The Hemingway's and Jack London's
of the world would not need to work as newspaper reporters and fishing boat
hands while they ply their craft at night. Museums would enjoy the generosity
In a perfect world….
Of course we do not live in such a place.
Instead we live in a world where imperfect human nature dictates that
men and women will always be willing to work harder for their own personal
gain than they will for the common good.
Maybe that is a shame _ but it is the truth.
It was the absolute lack of individual productivity that doomed the communist
experiment in Mother Russia and half of Europe during the last century.
Communism-light, also known as socialism is slowly strangling Western
The politicians and ruling elite in these countries continue to shake
their heads and wonder why Joe the Farmer is not willing to work an extra
couple of hours a day just because he and his family will not see a profit
I know why Joe is not going to do it.
Most of the folks reading this column know.
I wonder why the answer eludes the rest of the world?
Taxation to support anything more than the absolute necessities of government
is the beginning of the disease of socialism.
Government's only legitimate mission is the provide for the national defense
and the necessary infrastructure of commerce.
Every tax levied for purposes past these is a step toward socialism/communism.
Every step toward socialism brings us a little closer to killing the goose
that laid the golden egg of prosperity in the first place _ the prosperity
that even allows us to contemplate such niceties as arts, education and health
For the past few years Texas has enjoyed a surplus in funding and the
budget has grown fat.
This year the state faces a shortfall.
There are two answers: cut state funding or raise taxes.
The correct answer is to cut state funding. Most of the programs that
will face cuts did not exist even ten years ago and some how Texas ambled
along without them for over 150 years.
We can probably make it another 150 without them again.
Families across the nation live within their budgets. Our state and national
governments need to do the same.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Smokey Briggs is the editor and publisher of
the Pecos Enterprise whose column appears on Tuesdays. He can be e-mailed
Crockett and Bowie would know how to handle the 9th
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals let stand last week its original ruling
that the phrase "under God" in the pledge of allegiance is unconstitutional.
Yesterday marked Texas Independence Day. If you missed it, please take
a moment sometime today to remember the brave souls that revolted against
the dictatorship of Santa Anna's Mexico and fought through Goliad, the Alamo
and finally at San Jacinto.
March 2 marks the day that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention
at Washington on the Brazos approved our fledgling state's Constitution.
It was a dark time for Texas.
The Alamo would only hold four more days.
The war did not look like a winning proposition.
It was not until the final shots were fired at San Jacinto and Santa Anna
was defeated that anyone thought the revolutionaries could win.
It would be interesting to be able to interview those men concerning the
9th Circuit's ruling.
Men like Crockett, Houston, Fannin and Bowie and the hundreds and thousands
that served with them.
What would be their reply to the 9th Circuit's ruling?
Probably the sound of a flintlock rifle being touched off by a hand steadied
by the owner's belief in his maker.
It would be a fitting reply.
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York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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