“rogue” low-level employees. Right. To quote a movie, “Do I look stupid? I mean really, do I look stupid?”
Archive for the ‘Despotism’ Category
Hey, it is the Chicago way.
Uproariously funny. CA is a nice place in many ways, but the HUMAN behavior has been abysmal. Horrid leadership, and the population as a whole deserves the problems they have…
My boys are involved in Martial Arts. The place where they study is right now fighting the state tax commission. Why?
Well, the state tax commission has gone after several martial arts studios around here, saying that they are “membership” organizations like fitness clubs and therefore owe state sales tax. The studios have said that they simply teach classes and as a service (rather than a good) they are not liable for sales taxes. It should be relatively easy to solve.
Well, “my” studio had to hire an attorney for $350 an hour to defend themselves. When their accountant protested, the state tax commission threatened him, saying that they would audit each and every case he has done and try to find a problem if he continued to defend them. They would make him pay.
None of the other studios want to defend, because they are worried about being targeted next (they have an “eat me last” philosophy). “Nice studio you’ve got there. It’d be a shame if something happened to it…”
Here’s what I think: The state is hurting for money and so they are going after people and extorting money out of them. Velcome to zee Obama economy, comrade! When anyone protests, they get threats.
If these facts are true, it’s disgusting. It’s an abuse of governmental power. It’s despotism. It is part and parcel of leftism–it always has been and it always will be.
Oh, and not every studio was hit. Only the ones they thought had the extortion money. So the “law” is not even applied evenly. They are hoping that there are no legal challenges. In any case, it costs the studio $350 an hour (plus the accountant) to protest, while it costs the state nothing to press the case. This is why we need a “loser pays” system.
If these facts are even a little correct, if I were the judge I would rule that this case is “frivolous” and make the state liable for all expenses. At some point you have to stand up for what is right.