You know those lunatics that want to eliminate the Massachusetts income tax? The ones seething with rage at the idea of communal prosperity and equal access to education and opportunity and other outdated concepts? Have you ever wondered how a loose affiliation of angry people opposed to parting with fractions of cents on each dollar is able to coordinate a relatively successful, well-organized media campaign to advocate its batshit ideas?
Ed Mason, friend of Pax Arcana and reporter at the Boston Herald, found himself wondering exactly that. So he looked into the so-called “Committee for Small Government” and found a small treasure chest of whack-jobs propping the thing up, including the following:
- Jason Hommel, a Penn Valley, Calif., financial manager who advises clients to invest using the principles of “Biblical capitalism” – which basically means avoiding stocks and bonds in favor of gold and silver. Hommel, who has called paper money “a fraud,” predicts that gold will return as currency just “prior to the Rapture . . . and the return of Jesus.” Hommel gave $10,000 to the anti-tax crusade.
- John Gilmore, a cofounder of Sun Microsystems, has called for the dissolution of the Department of Homeland Security and its “Gestapo” tactics. Gilmore has also unsuccessfully sued the federal government for requiring people traveling on domestic flights to show identification, and has urged citizens to protect their e-mails from government snooping. Gilmore gave $20,000.
- Craig Franklin, a Woodland, Calif., software firm executive and a part-time songwriter, has penned several anti-tax anthems, including “Hey, Mr. Tax Man,” sung to the tune of Bog Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Franklin gave $25,500.
- Chris J. Rufer, a California tomato-packing mogul who has funneled more than $50,000 to Libertarian candidates this decade. Rufer gave $13,000 to the anti-tax cause.
So why are all these Californians so interested in kicking the legs out from under every taxpayer-supported initiative in a state 3,000 miles away? Who the fuck knows? Only one of these guys would talk to Ed for the story, and he acquitted himself exactly as you would predict:
Franklin, a Bay State native, said in an interview that he’s passionate about the Freedom Movement, which advocates limited government. He also compared taxation to slavery, saying taxpayers are “sharecropping for the government.”
He’s right, you know. Taxes don’t accomplish a damn thing. I can’t wait for the day when we stop cuddling the poors and I have to pay local warlords for access to the highway so I can visit my parents. Also, we’ll all be able to carry whatever weapons we want at all times. America is going to be so awesome when it’s more like Zimbabwe.
Kooks cast fuels anti-tax crusade [Herald]