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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: Bill would put small businesses out of business

  • How to steal...
    No, my gosh, I don't mean the usual way.
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  • To the editor:
    How to steal...
    No, my gosh, I don't mean the usual way. That kind is dangerous, risky and most certainly will provide you with living accommodations that would not be your preference. There is a far better way which is legal, totally safe, and assures you the loot. In this method you simply employ your government to make it legal, safe and do the theft for you. Money and power are always helpful ingredients for this theft.
    I am speaking of the proposed "uncork" bill for wine and spirits now before the legislature which if passed would destroy 762 private businesses and cost an estimated 3,000 jobs. This pressure is being exerted by Dillon stores and Wal-Mart. Their goal is to create one more profit center for their big box stores. These are formidable foes for 762 individual private businesses without money, organization or political power.
    "But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen cannot do for himself without committing a crime."
    Yes, the solicitors for this law change will couch their purpose in glowing generalities such as greater good, increased tax income and more jobs. All totally false.
    It will be interesting to see how our legislators deal with this one.
    The quotes are from "The Law" by Frederic Bastiat, France, 1850 and in the year of his death at age 50.

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