The Police State Recognizance Challenge Part 3:

I don’t have time to write a full article for this, so I’ll get right to the point: Does the following video resemble the America you knew growing up? Or does it look like something went terribly wrong instead?

And if you missed the first two challenges, I will link to them here (#1) and here (#2).

Okay, on to the video…

By the way, I want to emphasize that I’m not sharing this video with any intention of using it to demonize law enforcement. After all, I got the sense that at least some of the officers in this video were embarrassed and ashamed of what they were forced to do. Besides, what can one reasonably expect them to do? Be the hero that disobeys their orders and throws their career away over a lemonade stand? Hopefully they at least thought about it, but perhaps decided that the cause just wasn’t important enough.

However, I can’t speak for all of the officers since it appeared that some of them were enjoying themselves a little too much… that woman’s behavior specifically should give everyone the chills. Does it make you feel better knowing there are officers like that who mindlessly follow orders and abuse their authority no matter how absurd it looks? Nah, me neither… hey lady, don’t forget who you are supposed to be working for… and that’s we the people!

We are truly living in some crazy times… I’m just glad someone got this on video because I never would have believed this story without it!

How to Exploit Suckers to Give You Their Money: D.C. Style

Good news for all the suckers who think it’s “irresponsible” to default on the debt… congress will now be more than happy to exploit your gullibility 🙂

Boiling frog alert: Congress wants automatic wage deductions to pay down the debt

by Simon Black

July 8, 2011
Sofia, Bulgaria.

Folks… you just can’t make this stuff up.

On July 6th, just two days ago, at least a dozen busybody Congressmen sponsored the introduction of HR 2411, the “Reduce America’s Debt Now Act of 2011.” They always come up with fantastic names for these pieces of legislation… and rest assured, the better/more patriotic the name, the more ominous the bill. This one follows the pattern.

HR 2411 states that every worker in America should be able to voluntarily have a portion of his/her wages automatically withheld and sent directly to the Treasury Department for the purposes of paying down the federal debt.

“Every employer making payment of wages shall deduct and withhold upon such wages any amounts so elected, and shall pay such amounts over to the Secretary of the Treasury…”

That’s right. Uncle Sam is so broke that he wants to give all the good little Americans out there the opportunity to contribute an even greater portion of their paychecks to finance government largess.

Desperate? Hmmm…. Don’t worry, it gets better.

Obviously, if an employee feels so compelled and should elect to have a portion of his/her paycheck withheld, the onus of responsibility is now on the employer to make it happen. The employer has to do all the paperwork, withhold the money, send the payment to the Treasury, maintain the account records, and probably submit to all kinds of new filing requirements.

You can imagine that, if passed, the bill will result in a host of new IRS regulations, complete with a battery of penalties for employers who don’t fill out the paperwork properly, submit filings on time, or make some administrative mistake.

Think about it: if a small business owner has one single employee who is dumb enough to think that it’s his patriotic duty to pay down the debt and decides to contribute $1/month, that owner will have the responsibility for all kinds of new forms and filings, plus submit to new ‘debt reduction audits.’

But don’t worry, it gets even better.

So let’s say there are millions of sheep out there who elect to… (click for the rest of the article)