You Tricky One-Percenters, You!


Today’s New York Times op-ed piece (link at bottom) was a real spirit-raiser, authored by two very clever 1%-ers. What a crack-up!  You funny, funny rich people!  Who knew you had it in you?

 

Other Tricky Things Masquerading as Something They Are Not


 

A tip of the top hat to you!

It proposes a switch to the Brandeis method to reform taxes on our rich. 

Instead of using rates that rise rapidly at the higher income end (like a ski:)

Ski Icon

Leaning Over to Smell the Money

…a Brandeis tax would work like this:

“Tax the rich just like the rest of us until they make ‘this’ many times more than the average person’s income. Any extra above that is taken for taxes.  (We’re talking the “median” average: The income that half of us make more than, and half of us less than.

As the op ed piece points out: When the economy does well, everyone can make more money.  The gap between rich and middle-class never again increases.

“Importantly, our Brandeis tax does not target excessive income…it only caps inequality. Billionaires could double their current income without the tax kicking in — as long as the median income also doubles… Indeed, the tax gives job creators an extra reason to make sure that corporate wealth does in fact trickle down.”

At Least, the Wealth They Know About:
Never Neglect to Tithe, My Dears...To Yourself. That is What Linings and Deep Pockets Are For!


The appeal of the stop-the-Gap-Growth is undeniably seductive.   But here is the article’s hidden humor agenda:

Today, the 1% are making 36 times more income (!) than the average income of the 99%.

Not thirty-six percent more than you. Thirty-six TIMES more than you.

So, if you’re the average, and you’re making $27,000, your very bestest friend, Bitsy Carnegie, is pulling down less than a million bucks a year, the poor thing: She’s making only $972,000 annually.  (You’d think she could at least pick up the tab for your Starbucks once in a while, the cheapskate.) 

When Reagan was president, the 1% made only 12 times what the 99% did. Betsy really WAS poor, then (at only $324,000 a year, none of the other Carnegies would even speak to her).

The reason the op ed piece is so funny is because its authors, who are rich guys themselves, are proposing to do NOTHING to get things back closer to that 12 times again. This is what they’re saying:

“Hey!–And while we’re revising the tax code to protect you 99-percenters, here’s a great idea:  Let’s write the new tax code to make TODAY’S gap between the haves and have-nots PERMANENT!  Keep today’s HUGE gap  forever and EVER!”

Ain’t they a hoot?

   

And why should we want to keep the outrageous status quo, rather than introduce some graduated adjustments to get things back to a more reasonable pre-economic-rape balance (and perhaps apply the monies gained in a productive manner:   Infrastructure, anyone)?

“Umm…’cause that’s the size of the gap right now, and…uh…’cause we rich folk really like the money we have right now…”

Well, I know I’m convinced.  How about you?

"You Think I'm Sexy...You Want to Kiss Me..." (Maybe 1%-ers Like Their Money a Little TOO Much)

Tsk, tsk, you bad canines.  You little woofies hiding behind lambskin.  You won’t catch us out with tricks like this helpful proposal.  We-all can hear your coins chinking a mile off–but you did have this lambikins bleating away with the giggles.

Careful, Woofies--We 99% Aren't Too Happy With Tricky 1%-ers Right Now, Even If They Do Make Us Giggle

The Op-Ed Piece

Seriously, the NYT piece’s authors deserve kudos for their concept, and I don’t really think they were trying to pull the outer portion of their disguises over our sheepy eyes.  It may be, however, that when they suggested keeping the current 36-times gap, they did so not only to help reduce opposition to their new approach, but also because their vision was unconsciously clouded by their Nieman Marcus money-colored glasses.  SO hard to see clearly out of those!

 
ADDENDUM

Note that an alternate for the Brandeis tax method is to, instead of basing the tax on the median average, to base it on the income of the lowest earners.
 

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Mommy, What Are the Real Costs of Our Illegal Nanny?


My own opinions about illegals? Which ones? The ones who try for a better life because they have a horrible one and can’t afford the legal entry means, and who come here to work, and who respect us while they’re here? Or the ones who come here only to take, and who treat our country and us like horsesh*t?
 

"Don't Treat Us Like Dogs. Treat Us Like Humans."


 
Either way, don’t blame us citizens for vigorously defending our borders, jobs, lower rents, educational system, health system… Do blame those of us who assume that all recent immigrants, legal or not, are scum, and treat them all like horsesh*t.
 

Non-Citizens, in a Nation Illegally, Burning That Nation's Flag In a Show of Disrespect, In Front of the Graves of That Nation's Honored War Dead. They Are Emphasizing That They Merit the Same Rights and Benefits As That Nation's Citizens--Rights and Benefits No Other Nation on Earth Gives to Non-Citizens


 

Just Their Being Here Affects Where Your Money is Spent

Census counts of population are used by the federal government to distribute more than $400 billion a year of your money.  Cities use that money to help pay for police and fire protection, and other services.  Illegal immigrants are included in the population counts used.

Just Their Being Here Affects How Much of Your Money is Spent

Census counts decide how many congressional representatives each district gets in the House of Representatives.  Areas with more citizens get more representatives, and so they have more voting power.  But it turns out that areas with more illegal immigrants get more representatives and votes, too.  When deciding our country’s laws, illegals are counted as if they are citizens.

This definitely has a financial impact. The size of the impact depends on which issues get passed or vetoed.

Note:

Because illegal immigrants count as equal to citizens when choosing numbers of representatives, this is literally no longer a wholly-representative government.  Therefore, regarding taxation without representation, taxes passed by a Congress made up of such representatives may then be suspect. How you feel about this probably will depend upon how the representatives vote on issues dear to your heart.

US Congressional Seal

US Congress–“From Many, One” (From Many Men, Often One Bad Decision)

Citizen-Paid Funds Are Used Directly

It is theoretically illegal to use any citizen-paid funds to directly aid illegal immigrants.   For example, they are not legally eligible for any forms of public housing or welfare (including Aid to Families of Dependent Children).   However, with food banks, social services (counseling, battered women shelters), and medical arenas which receive all or part of funding from citizens, funds intended for poor citizens are often used for illegal immigrants instead.  Visit any public health clinic or hospital emergency room and you will find citizens waiting while illegal immigrants use citizen dollars to receive treatment, including planned childbirths for their planned citizen children, and treatment for non-emergency minor ailments.

Illegal Immigrant Who, Like Many, Deliberately Planned Her U.S. Prenatal Care and Delivery

Per (a 2006 NYT article:) In California in 2006, hospitals spent at least $1.02 billion on health care for illegal immigrants that was not reimbursed by federal or state programs.

Per a 2008 NYT article: “In California, the Medi-Cal program spent about $20 million on about 460 patients last year. In New York City, illegal immigrants occupy about a fifth of the 1,389 beds in the public nursing home on Roosevelt Island.”

Per a 2011 NYT article: “Medicaid often pays for emergency care for illegal immigrants.”

And, when it’s time to discharge the patient and there is no family or nursing home willing to take them in because Medicaid benefits have run out, we citizens pay (unrecouped hospital costs are passed on to “the health system”–taxpayers). “This gentleman cost us millions of dollars,“ says a hospital administrator about one illegal immigrant long-term patient. Says the patient: “Here, I am very happy…This is very nice — No. 1.” The article appears to making a case for a solution involving discharge of these patients to nursing homes ($20,000/year) versus hospitals ($100,000/year). However, citizen taxpayers would still be footing the bill. The countries of origin refuse to accept their sickly citizens or their costs.

Indirect Financial Costs Are Harder to Assess But Exist

Some costs are similar to the costs of sending American jobs to non-U.S. countries (“outsourcing”):

  • Masses of people willing to work for extremely low wages drive down the pay and job availability for citizens.  The loss of available summer jobs for teenagers has already been linked to illegal immigrant laborers.

    Teen Citizens Deserve Their Breaks Again


     
    The following excerpts from “A Drought of Summer Jobs” at The Center for Immigration Studies discuss the combined impact of both legal and illegal immigrants on teen labor:

    “It is very difficult to reconcile the perspective of employers who argue that there are not enough seasonal workers with the huge decline in teenage summer employment. If workers were in short supply, then more teenagers should have been drawn into the labor market, the opposite of what actually happened.

    …there is good evidence that immigrants (legal and illegal) are crowding out U.S.-born teenagers in the labor market. Perhaps employers perceive immigrants as better workers and therefore discriminate against U.S.-born teenagers. But the most likely reason immigrants displace U.S.-born teenagers is that the immigrants are overwhelmingly adults over age 20. It may be very difficult for teenagers, especially younger teenagers 16 and 17, to compete with mature workers. Perhaps it is due to a willingness by immigrants to work for less. Perhaps it is because immigrants have more effective social networks for finding employment.

    The fall-off in teenage employment is similar for white, black, and Hispanic teens…(it) is similar for teenagers from higher income households and lower income households…(it) is similar for those enrolled in school and those who are not. Because teenagers from all backgrounds are affected, it strongly suggests that the cause of this decline is a change in the U.S. labor market rather than some change in the teenagers themselves.

    Why Teenage Employment Matters So Much

    (1)…many teenagers or their families need the money that employment provides. There are about 260,000 births a year to U.S.-born teenage mothers…most of these girls choose to keep their babies and thus must support them in some way…one in three lives in a low-income family. Even a few thousand dollars a year contributed by a teenager working part-time can significantly improve the well-being of such families.

    (2) Teens employed in high school earn more than teens who did not work in the first year after graduation, with wage differences tending to increase over time. The biggest benefit of working as a teenager seems to be for those who do not go on to college. …minority youths holding jobs have higher success rates…

  • Masses of people willing to live crowded together in order to stay in this country, some of whom wish to stay hidden from authorities, drive down the value of housing and neighborhoods–particularly when there is a slumlord involved, or when multiple unrelated families crowd together with no-one accepting responsibility for maintenance of the premises. Although housing quality can go down, rents can actually go up, because ten day-laborers sharing a one-bedroom apartment of wall-to-wall mattresses can pool more rent than any single student or mom.
  • Masses of people living crowded together form an ideal breeding ground for disease, which places a drain on citizen-funded medical services for treating the illegal immigrants and the citizens they infect.
  • Masses of people living crowded together form an ideal breeding ground for crime—especially if those people can be pressured to break laws because they do not have the law on their side, or are afraid of the police. 

    Increased crime and need for police presence places a drain on citizen-funded police, fire, and medical services.

    Illegal Immigrant Crime Stats
    (Careful: Unverified by me from any additional sources)

    Per “Outrage” by Dick Morris, copyright 2007:

    27% of federal prison inmates are illegal immigrants.
    We spend over $1 billion per year on these folk
    About 300,000 are in state prisons.
    In Los Angeles, 95% of outstanding homicide warrants are for illegal immigrants..Illegal immigrants form the core of the worst gangs, including 60% of the notorious 18th St. gang, believed to number 20,000 or more.

    You can find references purported supporting both sides of whether illegal aliens are more or less likely to commit crimes. But the best-documented research study I found was quite thorough. It illustrates the basis of the faulty conclusions of others (a lack of understanding of statistics), and it walks the reader through exactly how it arrived at its own conlusion. Which is:
    Illegal aliens are over 50% more likely to commit crimes than legal residents and citizens.

    (Personal aside: My illegal-immigrant Los Angeles gang-member next-door neighbor told me once “I know my rights! America means you can do whatever you want!” If this has become the perception of our country among his cohort, no wonder we attract his kind of illegal immigrant.

  • In the case of Hispanics in particular, many of whom share identical names, illegal immigrants can easily borrow or exchange identification documents and residential billing statements with citizens or legal immigrants and “work the system” to obtain benefits they are not entitled to. They can even, and some do, borrow each others children to falsely qualify for higher benefits.

    (Personal Aside: One of my sons attended highschool for a year with teens who used to laugh about this as they told him about swapping families.)

So, what about the money that illegal immigrants contribute? How do we measure that?


That is a tougher one. Because, if you are talking primarily about the awful, backbreaking agricultural harvesting jobs no one wants to do, they certainly do, but let’s also keep in mind that citizens used to do these jobs, and that legal government guest workers could do them now. And, for another example of the difficulty, by some estimates 40% of illegal alien workers in Los Angeles earn cash only, and pay no taxes, so how do they factor in?

These two references do a very good job of presenting both sides of the issue:

Pro-illegals (MSN Money) (Check out the linked video on apple harvesting, when farmers had to switch to legal harvesters in the guest worker program–and apparently did so, just fine.)

Con-illegals (Yahoo Answers’ Best Answerer (Make sure to check out some of his links)

Lastly, although I am clearly anti-illegal-immigration, while scouting around I did find a “pro” resource that was less rabid than many, and despite its name, not devoted solely to Latino or Hispanic issues. In particular, its “Causes” page contained what I thought were a lot of items that might be interesting and helpful to legal and illegal immigrants alike: “Causes“, from Latina Lista. Although, if you are in the potential audience for this, you probably haven’t read this far in the post…
 

P.J. O’Rourke Verbatim – Climate Change

Ready To Tell All Those Bees They Can't Have As Much Honey As You?

Verbatim text of Part II, Chapter 5, “Climate Change”, from P.J. O’Rourke’s, “Don’t Vote, It Just Encourages the Bastards”.


There’s not a g-ddamn thing you can do about it.  Maybe climate change is a threat, and maybe climate change has been tarted up by climatologists trolling for research grant cash.  It doesn’t matter.  There are 1.3 billion people in China, and they all want a Buick.  Actually, if you go more than a mile or two outside China’s big cities, the wants are more basic.  People want a hot plate and a piece of methane-emitting cow to cook on it.  They want a carbon-belching moped, and some CO2-disgorging heat in their houses in the winter.  And air-conditioning wouldn’t be considered an imposition, if you’ve ever been to China in the summer.
Now, I want you to dress yourself in sturdy clothing and arm yourself however you like—a stiff shot of gin would be my recommendation—and I want you to go tell 1.3 billion Chinese they can never have a Buick.
Then, assuming the Sierra Club helicopter has rescued you in time, I want you to go tell a billion people in India the same thing.

 
2014-03-12 fixed para alignment (had been centered inadvertently)

P.J. O’Rourke Lite – The Free Market


The free market is the greatest repository of our freedoms.  We don’t often exercise our freedoms of speech, belief, and assembly for anything of equivalent consequence to our nation’s or our people’s freedom.  I don’t know much about business, but I know enough to thank it for existing.
 
Free Market in Japan
 
Business investment defines humanity.  If a dog has a surplus s/he will eat it all and vomit it up rather than give a portion of it to another dog in return for shares in ( ) the chewing of shoes.

Business investment defines civilization.  Barbarians don’t raise money through debt and equity.  They raise money through stealing. ( ) Business investment is one of the most important ideas in history.  If it weren’t for business investment, all the inventors, innovators, manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers who have brought prosperity to the modern world wouldn’t have been able to as they have.

The free market is not a creed or an ideology ( ) it is simply a measurement.  It is a bathroom scale.  We may not like what we see when we step on the bathroom scale, but we can’t pass a law making ourselves weigh 165.  Liberals and leftists think we can.

The free market gives us only one piece of information, but it’s important information.  We ignore it at our peril, the way the leaders of the old Soviet bloc did.  They lost the cold war not because of troops or tanks or Star Wars missile shields.  The Soviets lost the cold war because of Bulgarian blue jeans.  The free market was attempting to inform the Kremlin that Bulgarian blue jeans didn’t fit, were ugly and ill-made, and nobody wanted them at any price.  People wouldn’t wear Bulgarian blue jeans—literally not to save their lives.  But the Kremlin didn’t listen.  And the Berlin Wall came down.
 

Ugly-Fitting Designer Jeans

I’m Sorry, Folks–I Can’t Tell–Are Those the Bulgarian or Designer Jeans?


 
Opposition to the free market is forever expressed in outrage at capitalist success.  Capitalism exploits workers, robs widows and orphans, and concentrates wealth in the hands of the rapacious few.  Critics of the free market think of capitalists as being  ( ) the faceless and thus even more wicked partners at Goldman-Sachs.  ( ) but that’s not who capitalists are, and capitalism is ( ) not a product of the free market anyway.

To undertake any material project—whether it’s the Great Pyramid, a hospital, or a paper mache puppet for a preschool, requires a fund of accumulated resources of some kind whether it’s money, or just paste and recycled paper.  This is “capital”.

Capital can come from savings.  Capital can come from borrowings.  Capital can come from getting something needed for the project by trading a share of ownership of the project once it’s finished (this is what stocks are).  Capital can come from paper money that has no real worth; e.g. that a bank has pulled out of its ass.

 
Capitalism, so-called, is when people accumulate capital of their own free will for use on freely-determined projects.  The fact is that most of these projects flop.  What’s good about the free market is that it lets capitalism fail.  Think of all the wonderful moneymaking ideas people get—and you’ve probably had some of these ideas yourself:  Chocolate-covered hairballs to give your feline something yummy to cough up; scented candles for men—“Mandles”—that fill a guy’s home with smells of “Gear Oil” and “Frying Meat”; FunScreen to protect children from dangerous exposure to fun.  Use FPF 40 if the kid has a skateboard.

Imagine a world where all such schemes come to fruition.  At the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009, America conducted an economic intervention that kept businesses that were staggering around, intoxicated by overtrading, and blinded by MBA moonshine from falling down the manhole of liquidation.

“Moral hazard” is the term economists use for a situation that reduces the incentive to avoid bad economic behavior. 

The message that the U.S. government sent to the broke banks and beggared financial institutions was “Don’t you ever do this again or we’ll give you more money.”   After which there was a flurry of government regulatory activity to make sure it was illegal to do “this” again.  And the banks and financial institutions won’t do “this” again.  They’ll do “that”.  John H. Cochrane, professor of finance at the University of Chicago ( ) pointed out that “the regulatory system ends up encouraging artificial obscurity.”  Make the rules tougher and they’ll play the game tougher.  Are the people named Masters of Regulation likely to be quicker and better motivated than the people named Masters of the Universe?

Professor Cochrane again:  “To give government officials the power to bail out firms at their discretion, especially if those officials are elected or political appointees, is practically to guarantee a bailout.”

The business of government is failure-proof; i.e. government props up the unpropworthy. ( ) You’ve just explained where those Bulgarian blue jeans came from.  Fortunately, most of America is still allowed to fail.  The free market teaches us a lesson in the value of failure.
 

Orange and Black Striped Stinkbugs Mating

If a Stinkbug Falls in the Forest, Is It a Bad Thing?


 
Cherry-pickings from P.J. O’Rourke’s, “Don’t Vote, It Just Encourages the Bastards”, pp. 36-46, 122-23—Selected lines excerpted, italics indicate paraphrasing.  Closed parens ( ) used versus ellipses to indicate skipped portions of lines.
 

Rights You Think You Have

The Bill of Rights tries to guarantee rights called “negative”:   What the government and our fellow citizens may NOT do to us, or may NOT make us do.
 

Periodic Table of No

It Really Should Be Called The Bill of Nopes


 
They may not stop us from speaking or writing or showing our opinion, from meeting with other people (unless it’s to overthrow the government), from owning guns (if we wish to own them), etc.

Many people think we also have these “positive” rights:

The right to education, housing, health care, a living wage… 

We don’t.  We might wish for them, but they are not guaranteed to us in our Constitution or laws.

The following list comes off as naïve, but I am thinking–Why is it that when a preteen or teen starts thinking deeply and asks “But why can’t we…?”, some adult answers “Oh, it would be nice if we could, but it would never work.”

I’m still a child.  I’m still asking “Why not?”

The Positive Rights of Citizens

Every citizen, by benefit of being a citizen, is guaranteed the rights listed below.

Every adult citizen with no financial resources or no alternative source to achieve one or more of these rights, and any child dependents of such citizens, will be provided any lacking right(s) by using the money of other citizens.

Legal residents are guaranteed NONE of these rights at the federal level.  Provision of these to legal residents with no financial resources is at the discretion and cost of each state.

The Matching Responsibility:  Work for Benefits For Which Others Are Paying

Every adult citizen receiving benefits provided by the work of others has a responsibility to work for her/his fellow citizens by contributing up to four hours daily at any non-high-risk occupation the government may request of them.  This job may consist of manual labor.  Citizens already employed full-time are exempt.

  • Job assignments will be gender-neutral unless job requirements mandate otherwise (e.g. women would not be exempt from manual labor such as picking lettuce; men would not be exempt from changing dirty diapers in infant care centers. Women of childbearing age, however, WOULD be exempt from certain chemical exposures. 

    Note that these jobs may, if no other productive work can be found, consist of merely showing up at an office on time, dressed neatly, and doing menial tasks SOLELY in order to keep or establish good work habits.

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  • Citizens recognized by the federal government as severely disabled (e.g. quadriplegic) are exempt from this requirement unless they wish to be included. (Note: Obesity is not considered a severe disability for these purposes unless the citizen is bedridden.)

 

1.  The Right to Eat

Wikipedia Sushi Icon

That’s Some Precision Sushi-Mastery Right There!

Every citizen has the right to be fed, at minimum, a healthful subsistence diet.

  • “Healthful”:  e.g. No sugared or artificially-colored drinks nor any so-called restaurant items with a fat content of greater than 15%, will be citizen-paid.
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  • “Subsistence”:e.g. no cookies, desserts, candy, or chips will be citizen-paid.  So-called “junk foods”—a phrase invented by advertisers–are not food, or healthful nutrition, at all.

It is recognized that all citizens, no matter their economic circumstances, deserve treats, but public dollars are not considered an appropriate source for these.  Freewill offerings from our generous citizenry can provide special occasion treats to needy citizens and their children.

 
2.  The Right to Be Clothed
 

Every citizen has the right to be clothed and shod in, at minimum, basic apparel and footwear.

  • “Basic”: e.g. one pair of shoes at a time may be considered adequate; one week’s worth of clothing may be considered adequate.

 

3.  The Right to Sleep Under a Roof

Every citizen has the right, at minimum, to sleep under a roof in basic housing, out of temperatures too extreme to sustain life.

  • Planning and assignment of facilities is left to each state.  These accommodations may be single-family, or dormitory-style, such as those provided for student housing, and would not have to include paid services unnecessary for a good basic quality of life, such as paid cable, satellite, or internet TV.

    The housing should not demoralize its residents. It should be of a quality and appearance consistent with housing available to citizens of at least moderate means.

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  • Facilities may not be equal for all: e.g. some disabled citizens, and those residing with young children, will have different space requirements than other citizens.
The Matching Responsibility:  Keep Your Loaned Home Clean and Cared For

If the federally (citizen)-funded home or portion of such a home which is loaned to a citizen does not remain in a clean, orderly condition, or the appliances or plumbing or lighting fixtures repeatedly become non-functional due to external damage, the housing loan may be withdrawn, or the quality of the assigned housing may be downgraded; e.g. to smaller, less-well-equipped, or less attractive accommodations.

 
4.  The Right to Vital Medical Care

Medical Star of Life From Wikipedia

Every citizen has the equal right to vital medical care.

  • “Vital”:  Medical emergency treatment for immediate threats to life;
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  • Treatment for illnesses which, if left untreated, pose grave risk to the health of the general public;
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  • Treatment for conditions which a physician deems critical, or serious and chronic (e.g. asthma);
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  • Medical supplies and services for which the cost would place a unequal burden on one set of citizens above another through no fault of their own as a consequence of gender or ethnicity ; e.g. feminine sanitary product costs and any services related to preventing pregnancy, delivering and raising a healthy baby, and repairing bodily damage caused by childbirth.

All dependent children of said adult citizens have, additionally, a right to be given regular medical checkups, vaccinations, treatment for medically-significant high fevers or rashes, and basic dental care (caries prevention and treatment).

Except in the case of children, routine or non-critical medical care (e.g treatment for colds and fevers, for weight gain due to overeating, and so forth) is not a federally-mandated right.

The Matching Responsibility:  Avoid Unhealthy Behavior

If it is learned that, while receiving medical benefits paid for with public monies, the citizen is indulging in any of the following unhealthy behaviors:

  • smoking cigarettes;
  • taking illegal drugs;
  • becoming inebriated (drunk) on a regular basis;
  • grossly overeating on a regular basis;

this benefit or even others may be cut or downgraded.  For example, the adult clothing allowance may be withdrawn, since extra resources being used for other substances could be used on clothes.

 
5.  The Right to Attempt an Education

Every citizen’s school-age child has an equal right to attend public school under the same conditions or restrictions as the school-age children of all other citizens, if such schooling is generally available.

The Matching Responsibility

Every citizen whose school-age child is attending public school has a responsibility to

  • See that their child attends regularly (when not ill with something serious or contagious),
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  • Puts forth good effort in schoolwork and homework,
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  • Does not repeatedly attempt to disrupt the learning, possessions, or safety of others.

If the child shows poor attendance, effort, and/or behavior over a sustained (e.g. two-year) period, per a consensus of the child’s teachers, the right to free public school attendance is lost.  The citizen is then responsible for educating her or his child at private school or at home.

 
6.  The Right to Attempt to Buy Property

Every citizen has an equal right with all other citizens to purchase any legally-available privately-owned land or buildings within our nation’s borders, if the citizen has the financial means to achieve this.

  • Legal residents may not purchase land or buildings within our nation’s borders.  They may lease land for periods of up to (“n”) years.
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  • Foreign nations or their citizens or agents may not purchase land or buildings within our nation’s borders.  They may lease land for periods of up to (“n”-x) years.
The Matching Responsibility

The seller has a responsibility to:

  • Own the property being sold free and clear;
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  • After the sale, divest her/himself entirely of any actual or implied associations with ownership of the property; e.g. claiming the property’s address as hers/his.

The seller and her/his agent, if any, each share responsibility equal to or exceeding the property’s selling cost for:

  • Any misrepresentations or uncorrected inaccuracies in Disclosure documents either may have signed and made available to any prospective buyers prior to sale.

 
7.  The Right to Attempt to Borrow Money on Equal Terms

Every citizen has an equal right with all other citizens to attempt to borrow from financial lending institutions licensed within the nation’s borders, subject to the same credit lending practices that all citizens are subject to.

The Matching Responsibility

Beyond its other responsibilities related to loaning money, the lending institution has a responsibility:

  • To disclose loan conditions in a form easily understood by the majority of borrowers.

The federal government has a responsibility:

  • To audit a random sample of such documents every three years, testing them against a randomly selected sample of borrowers to see if this is, indeed, the case;
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  • To take immediate action when unclear language is found, which action may include suspending further loans by the issuing institution until the situation is remedied.

 

Note:  The negative/positive rights opening was inspired by a section of P.J. O’Rourke’s Don’t Vote:  It Just Encourages the Bastards.
 

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