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Taxation Keeps Our Nation United

September 22, 2013

To The Reader’s Forum: Mr. Hammond’s reply to my letter on the false notion of lost freedom makes some inaccurate statements that deserve a response....

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Sep-23-13 8:06 PM

I never knew any. I saw a few filling sandbags or distributing supplies. It does get complicated. I have no idea what pay structure they have.

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Sep-23-13 2:39 PM

Will wonders never cease! I actually agree with 50s4ever on the SDFs in the various (but not all) states.

Here in VIrginia, the SDF was mobilized only once. During the Civil War, known by locals here as the War of Northern Agression. Thomas Jackson, later known as Stonewall, lead many of the students of the Virginia Military Academy into battle with some degree of success.

Today, the SDF still consists of the faculty and students of that same institution. A Colonel I met once indicated that the SDF would only be called into service if they were also considering the Boy Scouts. Jackson would not be amused.

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Sep-23-13 8:48 AM

Most states don't have SDF. Some are ceremonial, arms and training are dubious, and they pretty much serve as help during disasters. But thanks.

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Sep-22-13 5:45 PM

The National Guard should not be confused with the "State Defense Force"(SDF) (ie. the NY Guard) authorized under 32USC S109 (c). SDF's are state controlled, organized militias, supplied and equipped as per federal regulation. SDF personnel, all volunteers, come from the ranks of the "militia unorganized". As units, SDF's are not subject to federal mobilization unless such mobilization is approved by the governor. Of course individual SDF members are subject the draft. Currently only 22 states have active SDF's. The authorization to maintain SDF's lies in USC 32 (consent of congress), not the 2nd Amendment. SDF's should not be confused with civil police forces.

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Sep-22-13 3:35 PM

Raise your hand if you would like to see every employed person make enough money to complain about their TAXES. Wage disparity needs TAX EFFECTIVE regulations to level the playing field for the working and small business community that have every right to complain;but still believe the venal entities that mock the LAW with influence in the Courts have the "Right" to their to their egregious 'entitlements',and the mouths of the expanding poor must be stopped with dust.BIG LIES cost BIG MONEY-Only the y can afford them.

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Sep-22-13 2:11 PM

9:19--proof at least three disagree with a name not content.

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Sep-22-13 12:57 PM

Mr. Demler's definition of the IRS certainly doesn't comport with what the IRS has been doing under the Obama administration. This is a scandal that is many times worse than Watergate. The major media networks, except Fox, have been ignoring it while hoping it will quietly go away. For three years, the IRS has been targeting groups opposed to Obama policies. Taxes collected from only half the nation doesn't unite this country, it does exactly the opposite. It provides largesse to buy votes for candidates who would have a tough time getting those votes on their merits while fostering resentment among those to increasingly bear more of the taxation burden. Actually Mr. Demler, I believe Mr. Hammond was quite accurate and realistic regarding today's America.

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Sep-22-13 9:47 AM

munch chomp slurp...slobber drool

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Sep-22-13 9:19 AM

See if AZ can put their guard on the border to stop the invasion. Nope. The White House and his DOJ will not permit it.

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Sep-22-13 1:42 AM

Article I, section 10: "No state shall, without consent of congress,.....keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of peace,.....or engage in War, unless actually invaded.." The National Guard, its personnel & equipment, actually belong to the federal government, not the states. Congress just lets the governors of the various states play "army" with it on weekends. You'll recall, around 20 years ago when the U.S. was sending National Guard outfits to Panama for "training"; one of the upper Midwest governors declared that "his" states' National Guard forces were not going anywhere! He was quickly informed by Washington that those were not "his" troops.

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