"[N]o one’s ever been able to show me any difference between democracy and brute force. It’s just a majority ganging up on a minority with the minority giving in to avoid getting massacred." ~ L. Neil Smith
Right on cue, CNBC appears to have picked up on my remark that small governments are easier to walk away from than big ones; "Hate paying taxes? Then consider a home on the range, and keep as far away from New York as possible" they say in The Best and Worst States for Taxpayers.
New York Governor Cuomo has been spending a lot of taxpayer money recently on TV ads. A key theme has been that businesses are being offered a ten year tax holiday for relocating to Cuomo's domain. Odd; if tax freedom is that good, why limit it to ten years?
Just recently, though, the ads have struck a new note. Now, he's campaigning to "lower" property taxes by forcing an unusually large number of local governments to "work together." If you can swallow that, make me an offer for my bridge in Brooklyn.
This is a blatant grab for more central power.