June 12, 2012
The people of North Dakota will go to the polls today and decide if the state should abolish property taxes. The measure is opposed by the state Chamber of Commerce, agribusiness, government unions, politicians and others feeding at the public trough.
As should be expected, the establishment media is attempting to demonize the move. “Measure 2, as the proposal is called on the ballot, would require state government to make up for property tax revenue lost by local governments but doesn’t specify how,” reports USA Today.
“The property tax is the foundation of local government services,” Connie Sprynczynatyk, executive director of the North Dakota League of Cities, told the newspaper. “It’s the predictable source of revenue to pay for police and fire and other local services in the community where you live.”
The opposition has raised $500,000 to defeat the proposed law. If passed, they warn, the measure will deplete the state’s coffer by $812 million.
Politicians are naturally aghast. “It’s mind-boggling, really, we’d be changing everything, frankly,” said Republican governor Jack Dalrymple.
North Dakota will have police and fire service after the measure passes. The law is intended to force the state to get approval for new taxes from voters for a specific purpose instead of confiscating money at gunpoint and then finding ways to spend it.
“Americans don’t realize they are being gamed and huge surpluses could be realized if every tax was designated for a specific purpose rather than giving government an open checkbook to spend what revenues are collected,” writes Bill Sardi.
James Madison and the founders knew that without property there is tyranny. If the state has the power to take property for failure to pay taxes, it has the power to deny liberty.
“Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions,” Madison wrote.