Hurrah for H&R Block

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As
I write on the imperial holiday of President's Day it occurs to
me just what kind and decent employers we taxpayers are. Once upon
a time, taking a government job meant accepting a lower level of
pay in return for job security. It is why government jobs like police
officer, court stenographer and garbage collector were so desirable
to waves of immigrants in the last century. Over the years, the
self-serving bureaucracy, the power seeking unions, the spineless
politicians and the sleepwalking general public have changed the
equation. Not only do today's government workers have salaries comparable
to similarly qualified people in private industry but they also
have medical and retirement plans like the rest of us dream of.
Not only that. As I and most of you spend today at work we have
told our equally paid and better benefited employees to take the
day off. Pretty decent of us, I'd say.

Through
the wonders of forcible funding and militarily backed monopoly today's
government worker has managed to have it all: high salary, excellent
benefits, job security and their second three day weekend in February.
It's a beautiful thing. Meantime, those of us who are footing the
bill are hard at work pleasing customers with goods and services
so that we can keep half of what we earn while the other half enables
the people whose salaries we pay to sleep in.

All
of this puts me in mind of the approach of tax time. Being rational
people, I assume most of you are planning to pay your taxes. This
is not to say that you like paying taxes to support the federal
behemoth and its armies of well rested bureaucrats. My only assumption
is that you will opt to remain in the state of low level economic
slavery rather than move into the next stages of imperial enslavement.
These stages are: organized harassment, armed intervention, property
seizure and physical confinement. These will surely come to you
if you decide not to pay your taxes. Therein lies the logic of paying;
the opportunity to remain in the least intrusive stage of slavery.
In the immortal words of Lou Costello, "Just pay the man the
$2."

This
year you might be able to help support a worthwhile effort while
you go about paying your $2, especially if you are an NRA member.
H&R Block will donate to the NRA every time a member has his
taxes prepared by that firm. As you can imagine, the collectivists
are up in arms, vowing vengeance against Block for having the temerity
to work with a law abiding organization to uphold the Bill of Rights
by giving them some of their own money. It is one of the tenets
of it-takes-a-village collectivism that the only acceptable donations
are the ones given to them or else extracted by the government and
doled out by the politically correct elites. Capitalists who make
donations to a gun rights group just do not fit under that umbrella.
And they can't stand it.

The
collectivist outfit leading this hissy fit is a group calling itself
Gun Industry Watch, which purports to be a student group affiliated
with Alliance for Justice. Didn't Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman
used to belong to that? I wonder if they still belong? I wonder
if they still have the same cool headquarters?

If
you want to know more about Alliance for Justice it only takes learning
who some of their member organizations are:

  • There
    is NOW Legal Defense, the people who believe in protecting women
    from abusers and predators but had no time for Linda Tripp or
    Juanita Broadrick because they were too busy servicing Bill
    Clinton's needs.
  • Then we
    have the National Abortion Rights Action League Foundation along
    with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. These people
    believe in a woman's unassailable right to pay someone to stick
    a fork in her baby's skull and suck his brain out up to and
    including some ever lengthening time after birth. They just
    don't believe you should have the right to defend yourself and
    your family from lowlifes and other predators.
  • Add to
    that the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Wilderness Society
    and Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund. You know these guys, right?
    They are the bozos who will let firefighters die because a fish
    needs the water. They will tell you that you cannot develop
    your own private property because they have found a rare tick
    living on the posterior of a rabbit whose warren happens to
    be on your land. And, by the way, your entire investment is
    now worthless because you can't build and no one will ever buy
    your land.
  • A personal
    favorite of mine is the National Education Association. This
    bunch holds most of America's children hostage in sub-substandard
    schools where their self-esteem is kept high despite their utter
    lack of preparedness for life as it is actually lived. Where
    a thinking person might expect a teacher's union to function
    as a professional trade association dedicated to improving the
    services they provide to parents and children this bunch chooses
    to follow the model of the coal miners, dead set on getting
    every last penny and perq they can get from you. That includes
    two three-day weekends in February.

Supply
your own mission statements for the National Center for Lesbian
Rights, Legal Aid Society of New York, and Equal Rights Advocates.
The list goes on and on, just like its members tend to do. These
are the people who think you should be giving more money to the
government so they can afford to take away more of your God given
individual rights. And their current targets, through Gun Industry
Watch, are the NRA and H&R Block.

As
an NRA member, I recognize the organization's many failings. Even
so, it remains the most visible and effective advocate of our Second
Amendment rights. Flaws and all, the NRA deserves the support of
freedom loving people because if they suddenly disappeared the statists
would have a field day dismantling the Second Amendment in an orgy
of do-gooderism.

As
to H&R Block, I know noting about the company beyond their commercials,
the fact that their web site looks pretty useful and the collectivists
are out to get them. That's good enough for me. The enemy of my
enemy and all that.

It
seems to me that H&R Block deserves a shot at your tax preparation
business this year. If you plan on remaining in the state of low
level slavery, consider H&R Block. If you are not into Turbo
Tax and doing it yourself, consider H&R Block. If you do not
have any special allegiance to some other tax preparer, consider
H&R Block. If you support the Second Amendment, even if you
are not an NRA member, consider H&R Block. If you resent having
holier than thou elitists who want to tell you which rights you
can keep and which are too dangerous for you to be trusted with,
consider H&R Block. This is a very small way of making some
good come out of the evils of taxes, statism and collectivism. Consider
it.

February
19, 2002

Ed
Cobb [send him mail] lives
in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. He is a northerner by birth, a
southerner by choice, and a Catholic by the grace of God.

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